Egypt's Zamalek Ultras rally in memory of 2015 stadium disaster victims

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Feb 2016

Thousands of Zamalek's Ultras rally at Cairo's Fustat Park on first anniversary of stadium disaster that saw 20 fans killed in stampede

Zamalek's Ultras White Knights (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Zamalek hardcore fan group Ultras White Knights (UWK) called on Egyptians to join them in a gathering Monday at Al-Fustat Park in Cairo to memorialise 20 fans who had been killed during a deadly stampede ahead of a league match last year.

"We demand the justice that is owed to them, while honouring their love and sacrifice," the group said in a long statement published late Sunday on their Facebook group that includes almost one million fans, before members voiced similar demands during the rally.

The demonstration took place at Al-Fustat Park because it is the only location in Cairo governorate where protests are allowed to take place without a police permit.

The Zamalek club, whose president is known as a staunch opponent of all Ultras formations, refused to host the event at the club's stadium.

A year ago, 8 February 2015, police forces used teargas to disperse thousands of Zamalek fans who tried to enter a limited-attendance football game in Cairo's military-owned Air Defense Stadium, leading to the death of 20 and hundreds of injuries.

Sixteen Zamalek fans are currently standing trial on criminal charges of inciting violence leading to deaths at the Air Defense Stadium.

UWK maintains that the government, not those arrested and charged, is responsible for the death of the fans on that day.

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