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Mourning and protests after Port Said football massacre

Politics Port Said, Egypt - 03 February 2012

After the "Port Said Massacre" following a soccer match between Port Said's Al-Masry and Al-Ahly from Cairo, on Friday, thousands of people were mourning and demonstrating on the streets of Port Said and inside the Stadium, which was opened for mourning and a minute of silence to show respect to more than 70 victims of the riots.

The protest aimed SCAF, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which is ruling the country after former President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down almost a year before. The SCAF was not able to ensure security in the country. Wednesdayn security forces remained passive.

Eye witnesses described the situation in the stadium as a trap: between the loyal Al-Masry fans, groups of strangers where spotted, who were not interested in the match at all but very eager to attack Al-Ahly side after the match. Witnesses were in the opinion that they even did not come from Port Said. Security forces did not control anyone before the match, all doors between the two groups of about 20 000 Al-Masry and 500 Al-Ahly fans were opened and even after they were asked to close these doors, security forces refused to do so. Instead the exits on the part where Al-Ahly fans were seated were closed so that there was no way they could get out of the stadium. Some of these doors which were reported to have being in use at the last matches in the stadium have been welded up.
After the match ended, security forces did nothing against the attacks against Al-Ahly players and fans, some witnesses even told of Policeman watching the massacre and endorsed the attackers.

The protesters blaimed SCAF for the lack of security under its rule and as the ones responsible for the "Port Said Massacre" too after the police did not do anything to ensure security in the stadium. Some protesters see SCAF not only responsible for the general bad security situation in Egypt but for ordering groups of thugs to start the riots.

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