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Egyptian police incited massacre at stadium, say angry footballers - THE GUARDIAN, 05 Februray 2012.

Egyptian police incited massacre at stadium, say angry footballers

Captain of team and his brother say violence in which more 70 fans died had been planned

Fans rush the pitch during the riots that erupted after the match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahl

Fans rush the pitch during the riots that erupted after the match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahl in Port Said. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

Twin brothers who play for the football team Al-Masry, whose match against a rival team in Egypt ended in a massacre, claim the violence was encouraged by the police with the backing of the army.

Captain Karim Zekri and his brother, Mohamed, told the website CommentMidEast.com that there was strong evidence the bloodshed was planned. More than 70 people were killed and at least 1,000 injured in the violence at the Port Said stadium following the home side Al-Masry's victory over Cairo-based Al-Ahly.

After the match finished, hundreds of Al-Masry supporters were seen to surge across the pitch to the visitors' end as panicked Ahly fans made for the exit. But it has emerged the steel doors were bolted shut, resulting in dozens being crushed to death.

"I have many friends who were in the stadium, and they swear to me that the police were saying to them 'Go and beat the shit out of them [Ahly fans] – they're saying you're not men'," said Mohamed, who was not playing and watched the game in a cafe near the stadium.

SOLIDARITY PROTEST AT EGYPTIAN EMBASSY, CLYDE ROAD, DUBLIN THIS FRIDAY 03 FEBRUARY, 3PM ONWARDS

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SOLIDARITY PROTEST AT EGYPTIAN EMBASSY, CLYDE ROAD, DUBLIN THIS FRIDAY 03 FEBRUARY, 3PM ONWARDS

In a statement released today the Irish Anti-war Movement expressed condolences to the families and loved ones of the football fans killed in Port Said on Wednesday night, expressed concern at the obvious organized nature of the attacks and called for a picket at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin to protest against the Massacre.

The statement continued by noting that:
“There is so much circumstantial evidence to suggest that this was not regular football banter and violence. Eyewitnesses claim that the crowd was not searched as they entered, there were many strange faces in the crowd, the police left many of the entry gates to the pitch open, those who attacked the Ahli fans were heavily armed, the security forces did not respond when the attacks occurred and the army did not try to open the exit gates which had been locked. In addition both the Governor and Chief of Police of Port Said did not attend the match, which is very odd given that they attend all the games.”

Follow this link to eyewitness report ¬- http://irishantiwar.org/node/1573

John Molyneux, from the Steering Committee of the IAWM noted that:
“This was clearly an organised attack with the connivance of the military/police, directed at the 'Ultras' football supporters who played a leading role in the overthrow of Mubarak and have recently been chanting anti-SCAF slogans at matches.”

Asmaa Nasser, member of the IAWM and of the Egyptian Community in Ireland said:

CAIRO - Mass march on parliament called for Friday in protest over football massacre

Mass march on parliament called for Friday in protest over football massacre

A group of 28 revolutionary movements call for a mass march Friday to demand an immediate hand over of power to a civilian government, charging the military with complicity in Wednesday's football riots in Port Said

PORT SAID MASSACRE – EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT

PORT SAID MASSACRE – EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT

What happened in Port Said as told by @Heemalization English version

The Revolution has not failed - it just stalled, and is now back live on the streets!

The Revolution has not failed - it just stalled, and is now back live on the streets!
The Egyptian masses have done it again. They bring cheer to the hearts of all anti war activists across the world at a time of new warmongering by our own western leaders. They show immense courage in the face of horrific violence vetted out to them by the Supreme Council of the Armed Force’s (SCAF) boot boys – the black-clad Central Security Forces - back in November and December. They show once again a glimpse of a different world – of tolerance, justice and freedom, a world without war and where no child will die because of lack of food or healthcare.

On Wednesday 25 January 2012 the Egyptian people occupied streets and squares across Egypt to celebrate the anniversary of their revolution that overthrew the western backed military dictator Hosni Mubarak. Hundreds of thousands packed in to Tahrir Square having marched from as far as Giza, Mohandissen, Shubra and other outer suburbs. They crowded the streets around the square and stretched across the bridges over the river Nile leading to the square. Ten thousand students alone marched from Cairo University. Tens of thousands also converged on squares in Alexandria, Suez, Ismailiya, Mahala and other cities throughout Egypt. Many protesters carried empty coffins to commemorate their slain friends and relations.

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