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Egyptian parliament discusses football violence


The Egyptian parliament has held an emergency session to discuss the deadly football riot.

Following a minute’s silence to mourn those who died, angry politicians denounced the low level of security at the game given the tense build-up.

Some accused the military council of allowing, or even causing the violence. Opponents of the army regularly accuse it of creating disorder to scupper transition to civilian rule.

Osama Yassin of the Freedom and Justice party said: “This was not a clash between sports fans but a scene of organised chaos. This is based on provocation – to produce violence and its consequences. This especially seeks to destroy the revolution of the Egyptians and halt the path to democratic change in Egypt.”

The Muslim Brotherhood which dominates the Egyptian parliament claims an ‘invisible’ hand was behind the tragedy.

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