Egypt faces further protests over Port Said deaths

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Egypt faces further protests over Port Said deaths

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Protesters have gathered for a second day outside Egypt’s interior ministry, two days after the killing of 74 people at a football match between Premier League sides Al-Ahly and Al-Masry in Port Said.

Hardcore supporters of Cairo club Al-Ahly, known as Ultras, say the police and military allowed the violence to happen.

Al-Ahly Ultras battled with police during last year’s revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

“I blame the police for what happened,” said one young Ultra. “Usually we get searched before entering the stadium this time nobody searched us.”

“It wasn’t just soccer clashes, it was a pre-arranged,” said an elderly Cairo resident.

“The military council is responsible; they promised to provide security at the league matches. I think they should quit, they are not reliable people.”

Further protests are being held across the country amid ongoing calls for the country’s military rulers to hand over to a civilian government at once.

Special memorial services will also be held on Tahrir Square for those who died in Wednesday’s violence.