Members of the public and politicians angered by the death of 74 people during clashes at a stadium during a soccer match on Wednesday are protesting today.
The protesters believe that generals didn’t do enough to keep soccer fans safe in what is the deadliest incident since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. After the match, fans of the victorious local al-Masry team, invaded the pitch and ran toward the visitors section from Cairo’s Al Ahli, Egypt’s most successful club. When Al Ahli fans attempted to exit the stadium, they found the doors still bolted resulting in those getting caught in the stampede being crushed to death. Other deaths occurred when fans were thrown or fell off terraces.
Thousands of friends and family members went to Cairo’s main train station in hopes of seeing their relatives returning safely from the violent incident. As covered bodies from Egypt’s worst soccer disaster were unloaded from trains, thousands of people chanted “Down with military rule”. During the protest, angry young men blocked roads near the state television building and the capital’s landmark Tahrir Square.
The Interior Ministry has blamed the violence on a section of the crowd which it said had deliberately set out to cause “anarchy, a riot, and a stampede”. Parliament was holding an emergency session to discuss the violence.
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