Saturday, 26 January 2013

Clashes erupt after Egypt court sentences 21 to death in football riot

Twenty-one Egyptian football fans and club members were sentenced to death on Saturday after a deadly post-match riot in Port Said last year, sparking new violence in the canal city that killed eight.

The Port Said football incident left 74 people dead and 1,000 others injured.

The clashes erupted after a Cairo court handed down the death sentences over the football riot last February in which 74 people were killed, and came a day after violence swept Egypt on the second anniversary of its uprising.

Crowds outside the prison fired guns and hurled rocks at the security forces, who in turn used tear gas to disperse the crowd, Ismail said.

Egypt's football fans demand justice
"There is a state of anger on the streets of Port Said, and the security forces are on high alert," Nile TV reported.

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