Muslim Brotherhood blames police for Port Said disaster

Hatem Maher, Wednesday 1 Feb 2012

Brotherhood spokesperson launches a scathing attack on the interior ministry in the wake of the deadly clashes following the Masry-Ahly football match in Port Said

Team players of the Egyptian Al-Ahly club run for safety during clashes following their soccer match against Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said, Egypt Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (Photo: AP)

The Muslim Brotherhood spokesman has pointed the finger at the interior ministry following Port Said’s deadly football riots which left more than 70 dead and hundreds injured on Wednesday.

Thousands of Masry supporters invaded the pitch following the end of an Egyptian Premier League game against Ahly, confronting the visiting fans immediately after the final whistle.

The ensuing clashes sent shockwaves across Egypt, marking one of the country’s worst disasters since January’s revolution which ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.

“The security vacuum continues, the police officers are punishing us for revolting,” Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan said in a television interview in the late hours of Wednesday.

“This is another episode of the kind of violence which happened in Maspero, Mohamed Mahmoud and in front of the cabinet during the past few months.

“In all those incidents, the authorities failed to hold anyone accountable,” he added.

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