At least 30 dead in clashes over verdict in Egypt soccer riots
Reuters: Clashes in Egypt’s Port Said killed at least 30 people Saturday, including two soccer players. The riots erupted after a judge sentenced 21 people to death for a February 2012 soccer fight which killed 74 fans cheering for Cairo’s Al-Ahly team.
After the ruling, residents in Port Said tried to storm the city’s prison and free the defendants in the case.
The clashes follow violence brought on by anger at Egyptian President Morsi on Friday, the two-year anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Nine people died in those clashes, bringing the total from both outbursts to 39.
Photo: Al Ahly fans, also known as ‘Ultras,’ celebrate and shout slogans in front of the Al Ahly club after hearing the final verdict of the 2012 Port Said massacre in Cairo Saturday. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters)
While apparently our death toll figures culled from initial reports of this terrible riot last year ran a bit high, it still turned out as be over seventy fans left dead in a brutal melee. Now, the aftermath of that grisly scene has spawned its own fatal encounter.