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Deadly football riot sparks clashes in Cairo

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Deadly football riot sparks clashes in Cairo


Clashes have erupted in Cairo amid demands for answers and justice for the dozens killed in Wednesday’s football violence.

Security forces fired tear gas amid protests against Egypt’s army-led government, near the Interior Ministry. The building and Tahrir Square were focal points for anger after the stadium riot, Egypt’s deadliest event since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown.

Security officials have been sacked over the tragedy.

Many in the country think there is much more than football behind it.

In Port Said where the bloodshed happened, funerals have been held for some of the at least 74 people killed. Mourners find it hard to believe that fans from the city murdered rival supporters.

‘‘Port Said people did not do this,” one man said. “We are all brothers and we can’t harm brothers. It is thugs who did this.”

At least 1,000 people were injured in the violence which started with a pitch invasion at full time.

Local club al-Masry won the game against top team Al Ahli, from Cairo, whose players and fans were attacked. Rushing for the exit, many were crushed to death in a stampede.

A widely-held belief is that this apparent security lapse was intentional, an act of revenge. Al Alhi’s fans were strongly involved in the uprising

against the Mubarak regime. The suspicion is that police stood by and let them die.

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