Protesters block Port Said streets following violent clashes with army

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Mar 2012

Following deadly clashes between Masry football fans and army forces overnight, angry protesters block highways leading to the city's industrial district in Port Said

Port Said
Photo from the Port-Said clashes in the early hours of Saturday (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Dozens of protesters block access roads to Port Said's industrial zone following violent clashes between the army and Port Said team (Masry) football fans late Friday night, which left one dead and tens injured.

A state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper field reporter confirms that protesters have blocked road entrances leading to the city's industrial complex where thousands of employees work.

A 13-year-old boy was shot dead and at least 42 injured in the early hours of Saturday after clashes erupted in Port Said between angry fans of city's football club, Masry, and army forces after the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) handed  Masry a two-season ban.

EFA's sanctions, announced Friday, came as a response  to the country's worst football disaster, where at least 74 fans died and hundreds were injured when a stampede of Masry fans stormed the Port Said stadium field. The ill-tempered Egyptian Premier League match ended with an attack by Masry fans against a large group of Ahly fans that had come to root for their team in the away game in Port Said on 1 February.

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