Political attacks after Egyptian soccer game leave dozens dead
New York Times[/url]]Police officers around the stadium appeared unable or unwilling to control the violence, and video footage showed officers standing idle as groups of fans attacked each other with knives and other weapons.
In addition to the dead, Health Ministry officials said more than 1,000 people were injured, some from a stampede in the stadium. Locker rooms were turned into makeshift field hospitals, and by around 10 p.m. armored state security vehicles had arrived to transport the visiting team and its fans — from Cairo’s Ahly club — safely out of Port Said.
Why is this not just a "soccer hooliganism" thread? Well, the Al-Ahly supporters were highly visible during the Tahrir Square protests from day one, and were involved throughout the political transition. This level of political involvement isn't new to the club - it was founded in 1907 so that the student unions could meet during the struggle against colonialism.
There's widespread speculation that these attacks were planned in an attempt to prevent the Egyptian parliament from repealing Emergency Rule, which has been in force in Egypt since Sadat's assassination in 1981, and was planned to be repealed in the upcoming Parliamentary sessions.
Video of the attack - you can see the security does absolutely nothing.