Over70 Killed 1000 injured in Mayhem at Soccer Match in Egypt

At least 73 people were killed in a brawl between rival groups of soccer fans after a match in the city of Port Said on Wednesday in the bloodiest episode of lawlessness since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak one year ago.

Police officers around the stadium appeared unable or unwilling to control the violence, and video footage showed officers standing idle as groups of fans attacked each other with knives and other weapons.

In addition to the dead, Health Ministry officials said more than 1,000 people were injured, some from a stampede in the stadium. Locker rooms were turned into makeshift field hospitals, and by around 10 p.m. armored state security vehicles had arrived to transport the visiting team and its fans — from Cairo’s Ahly club — safely out of Port Said.

The newly seated Egyptian Parliament, which had adjourned until Monday, called a special session Thursday to discuss a response to the episode, and several other planned matches were immediately postponed.

The mayhem also focused renewed attention on the potential savagery of organized groups of die-hard fans, known here as ultras, who have emerged as a volatile component of Egyptian politics in the year of turmoil since Mr. Mubarak left power.

Previously apolitical, the ultras were known for their rowdy behavior, obscene chants and apparently endless enthusiasm for clashes with the often-brutal Egyptian police. “ACAB,” one group of Cairo ultras likes to spray-paint on city walls, standing for “All Cops are Bastards.”

The ultras joined the revolt against Mr. Mubarak on the first day of protests, taunting and harassing the police as they tried to crack down on thousands of other marchers heading for Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Protest organizers said they played a more central role in the so-called battle of the camels, helping beat back mobs of Mubarak supporters, some of them riding camels, in a daylong battle of rocks and Molotov cocktails.

Since then, however, the ultras have injected an unpredictable element of chaos into the frequent demonstrations over the course of the political transition here. They drove an assault on the Israeli Embassy that triggered a crisis in relations between the two countries last fall. They joined a weeklong battle with security forces near Tahrir Square that left more than 40 dead in November, and another outburst of street fighting near the cabinet building in which more than 15 people died in December.

NYT

  • prophettt

    73 people killed,and over a thousand injured ?Over what?A soccer game? I’m just speechless……I thought of calling it ignorance, insanity , craziness, stupidity, Backwardness,barbaric,savagery,…….Please everyone;Help me  fill in the blank……………… all of these labels are not enough to describe this mayhem.
    It is  just  very sickening .

    • http://yalibnan.com/ geo metro

      prophet, perhaps godless would be appropriate. aside from messing with leo all day on a serious note   it is with good reason that i have stated  in the past  that  i would not  be willing fight or  kill for any  country, any  flag, any sect, any  gang, religion or  sports team ,the only cause fighting for is protecting my familly.
      we walk among thugs every day but it is not written on their fore head what their inclination is untill they intersect with the opportunity or the crime…. abu graib is one example,  a dozen libyan security offiers   raping  iman al obeidy is another, thugs among the protesters in syria exist  i am sure.  the civil war in lebanon gave ample opportunity to thugs from all sides to amplify their lawless inclinations and commit horrible crimes against fellow citizens under the premis that they are fighting for country. i agree with you there is no shortage of disturbing behaviour that often makes you ashamed to be human.

      • prophettt

        Very well said, geo.You and I may not fight unless it is a fight to defend family and self,however there are many other causes that might justify fighting and  having to kill in the process,but fighting and killing over a soccer game is not one of them.I guess  that disrespect for humanity  will lead people to do just about anything.Good night, friend.

    • http://yalibnan.com/ geo metro

      prophet, perhaps godless would be appropriate. aside from messing with leo all day on a serious note   it is with good reason that i have stated  in the past  that  i would not  be willing fight or  kill for any  country, any  flag, any sect, any  gang, religion or  sports team ,the only cause fighting for is protecting my familly.
      we walk among thugs every day but it is not written on their fore head what their inclination is untill they intersect with the opportunity or the crime…. abu graib is one example,  a dozen libyan security offiers   raping  iman al obeidy is another, thugs among the protesters in syria exist  i am sure.  the civil war in lebanon gave ample opportunity to thugs from all sides to amplify their lawless inclinations and commit horrible crimes against fellow citizens under the premis that they are fighting for country. i agree with you there is no shortage of disturbing behaviour that often makes you ashamed to be human.

      • prophettt

        Very well said, geo.You and I may not fight unless it is a fight to defend family and self,however there are many other causes that might justify fighting and  having to kill in the process,but fighting and killing over a soccer game is not one of them.I guess  that disrespect for humanity  will lead people to do just about anything.Good night, friend.

  • Anonymous

    73 people were killed,and over a thousand injured ?Over what?A soccer game? I’m just speechless……I thought of calling it ignorance, insanity , craziness, stupidity, Backwardness,barbaric…….Please everyone;Help me  fill in the blank……………… Non, and all of these labels are not enough.It is  just  very sickening .

    • http://yalibnan.com geo metro

      prophet, perhaps godless would be appropriate. aside from messing with leo all day on a serious note   it is with good reason that i have stated  in the past  that  i would not  be willing fight or  kill for any  country, any  flag, any sect, any  gang, religion or  sports team ,the only cause fighting for is protecting my familly.
      we walk among thugs every day but it is not written on their fore head what their inclination is untill they intersect with the opportunity or the crime…. abu graib is one example,  a dozen libyan security offiers   raping  iman al obeidy is another, thugs among the protesters in syria exist  i am sure.  the civil war in lebanon gave ample opportunity to thugs from all sides to amplify their lawless inclinations and commit horrible crimes against fellow citizens under the premis that they are fighting for country. i agree with you there is no shortage of disturbing behaviour that often makes you ashamed to be human.

      • Anonymous

        Very well said, geo.You and I may not fight unless it is a fight to defend family and self,however there are many other causes that might justify fighting and  having to kill in the process,but fighting and killing over a soccer game is not one of them.I guess  that disrespect for humanity  will lead people to do just about anything.Good night, friend.

  • 5thDrawer

    The Ultra Brain Dead are everywhere in the world …..

    • http://yalibnan.com/ geo metro

      hence my love for animals 5th :)

  • 5thDrawer

    The Ultra Brain Dead are everywhere in the world …..

    • http://yalibnan.com/ geo metro

      hence my love for animals 5th :)

  • Anonymous

    The Ultra Brain Dead are everywhere in the world …..

    • http://yalibnan.com geo metro

      hence my love for animals 5th :)