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Clashes between angry Port Said protesters and security erupt over football death sentence verdict; death toll and numbers of injured continues to rise on Saturday
Ahram Online , Saturday 26 Jan 2013
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People react after hearing the final verdict of the 2012 Port Said massacre, in Port Said, January 26, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Clashes erupt between angry protesters and security forces surrounding the Port Said General Prison after a court announces a death sentence to 21 local football fans convicted of attacking and killing opposition Ahly fans during a match.

Two police officers and 30 civilians so far have been killed and over 300 injured in the clashes since the verdict was read Saturday morning, the head of Port Said hospitals, Abdel-Rahman Farah, told Ahram Online

The head of Port Said Hospital directorate, Abdel Rahman Farah, updated Ahram Online claiming: "There are many more severely wounded...which means that the death toll can rise within the coming hours."

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the angry crowd, mainly family members, trying to break into the prison with rocks and firearms. All of the accused are in prisons, except for five policemen that were present in the courtroom as the judge announced the verdict.

Protesters are currently surrounding the morgue.

Other protesters stormed, looted and set the police dorms on fire located in front of the hospital.

A police station was torched and a minibus that belonged to one of the media channels was set on fire.

Army forces have been deployed in the Suez Canal area in Port-Said coastal city.

Egypt's railway authority announces that trains will stop at Ismailiya, the major station before Port Said, to avoid getting into the area with clashes.

Angry residents of Port Said have blocked the Ismailiya Port-Said highway.

Crying and screaming rang throughout the streets of the coastal city when the death sentences were announced.

Seventy-three defendants, including nine security officials, three Masry football club officials and a number of fans are on trial for their suspected role in Egypt's worst-ever football tragedy, where more than 70 people were killed in February 2012.

Twenty one have been given the death sentence. The trial of the remaining defendants will be looked into on 9 March.

New evidence was submitted last week requiring further investigation into the case.

Despite the anger that the verdict triggered in Port Said, news of the verdict was received with cheers and fireworks by members of Ultras Ahlawy protesting outside the Ahly club in Cairo's Zamalek district.

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Liladhar
26-01-2013 09:42pm
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Sad Events
Lately, my heart aches to see so much violence and so many lost lives in Egypt. When will be Egypt be at peace? My heartfelt prayers go out to suffering Egyptians. Liladhar-California.
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Liladhar
26-01-2013 08:33pm
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Lately, my heart aches to see so much violence and so many lost lives in Egypt. When will be Egypt be at peace? My heartfelt prayers go out to suffering Egyptians. Liladhar-California.
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Jojo
26-01-2013 06:56pm
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Football? Really?
All this fuss about football? What about fighting for food, democracy, a quality health service, quality free education, housing, I don't know... importante things??? Comon ppl!!!
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Jojo
26-01-2013 06:55pm
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Football? Really?
All this fuss about football? What about fighting for food, democracy, a quality health service, quality free education, housing, I don't know... importante things??? Comon ppl!!!
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Kate
01-02-2013 06:53am
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It's more about politics than this article mentions
This is actually about all of those things. The Ahly ultras were very outspoken critics of Mubarak and SCAF. There are allegations that the violence was a planned attack on them because of their part in the revolution.
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Roslyn
26-01-2013 03:37pm
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True or Political Justice!
Hope this is true 'justice' and not 'political' justice to calm the fans of Ahly club and other ultras groups. We will know more after the next hearing on the 9th March, if those officials in charge of the stadium are not brought to justice, then it will be a travesty of justice!
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Munir Ahmed Khalili
26-01-2013 03:35pm
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Law Breaking Attitude
It seems Egyptians has taken the course of not abiding by the existing laws of the state. This is an alarming attitude. It should not go on.
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Yasmeen Mai
26-01-2013 04:31pm
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Divided country
The verdict one day after the tragic incident of the anniversary protest in Cairo shows much insensitivity for the Egyptian people and a clear sign of political game playing. Egypt is on a clear path to civil war,
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Misbahu
26-01-2013 12:39pm
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ALLAH HAS SAID THE TRUTH: That 'competitive' Leisure Games and Sports are ways of Satan to embed apathy and enmity among Muslims. WHY DOESN'T EGYPT BAN COMPETETIVE FOOTBALL FOR 10 years to allow democracy take root?
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Fairuza Cengis
26-01-2013 09:57pm
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Because That is not Democratic
You don't ban football games which obviously the majority of Egyptians enjoy because of problems-you enforce the laws against violence. Just because some of you religious zealots shall we say, would like to see football banned-well if you don't enjoy it change the TV channel and please let the rest of us enjoy the Show. By the way not sure which Q'uran you are reading that competitive games and sports are a problem for Muslims but MY HOLY Q"URAN says NO SUCH THING so maybe your Sheikh said it????? anyway you are entitled to your opinion which I respect and I am entitled to my opinion which you should respect. That is Democracy, not religious oppression over the country by a few which is FASCISM_ LIKE IRAN!
Kevin
26-01-2013 07:04pm
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Democracy...
Democracy taking root has nothing to do with the riots. Why don't you condem the Muslims and Christians that participated in the killing of the people at the stadium and now in the streets.
Roslyn
26-01-2013 05:52pm
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Fair solution
Banning football is not the answer, adhering to international football regulations and standards is the only fair solution.

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