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February 6, 2012

Egypt: protests over Port Said soccer deaths

Violence at a soccer match triggered intensified political protests in Egypt raging now into their fifth day. A match on February 1, 2012 in Port Said, Egypt between rival clubs Al-Masry of Port Said and visiting Al-Ahly of Cairo ended with home supporters charging onto the pitch and chasing visiting fans. That confrontation turned bloody when the visiting fans were unable to get out of the stadium, and 74 died from attacks and from injuries sustained in a panicked stampede. Al-Ahly's fans had played a prominent role in defending protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square that eventually toppled leader Hosni Mubarak, and for this reason opponents of Egypt's military rulers assert that police at the stadium allowed the violence to happen, or even encouraged it. Protests continue to grow over the lack of police protection for the fans after three official days of mourning for the victims. Gathered here are photographs of the initial confrontation between fans and the resulting protests from the past several days. -- Lane Turner (25 photos total)

Protests near Egypt's Interior Ministry continued on February 3, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt with at least four people killed amid anger over the deaths of 74 football fans that were killed in clashes between rival fans in Port Said, Egypt. Three-days of mourning were announced and marches were scheduled to protest at the lack of protection provided by police who were at the stadium when the violence occurred. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Flares are thrown in the stadium during clashes that erupted after a football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly and Al-Masry teams in Port Said on February 1, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Fans of Al-Masry team run after players of the Al-Ahly team during riots that erupted after the football match between the two teams in Port Said on February 1, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Egyptian soldier checks on a wounded football fan of Al-Ahly as he lies on a stretcher upon his arrival in Cairo aboard a military plane on February 2, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Egyptian women mourn at a morgue in Cairo on February 2, 2012, after 74 people were killed on February 1 at a football match in the northern city of Port Said. Egypt began three days of official mourning as anger grew against the military rulers for failing to ensure security. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #

Family members and mourners gather at Cairo's railway station as they receive the bodies of 74 football fans who were killed during clashes between rival fans following a match at Port Said on February 2, 2012. All Egyptian football matches have been postponed indefinitely. (Ed Giles/Getty Images) #

An Egyptian protester walks amid tear gas fired by riot police during clashes near the Interior Ministry in Cairo on February 2, 2012. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #

A protester suffering the effects of tear gas inhalation is treated in a triage unit February 2, 2012 in Cairo. (Ed Giles/Getty Images) #

Protesters stand on a concrete wall built during previous clashes on February 2, 2012 in Cairo. (Ed Giles/Getty Images) #

A protester suffering from the effects of tear gas inhalation falls to the ground during clashes between protesters and riot police near the Interior Ministry on February 3, 2012 in Cairo. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images) #

Egyptian riot police charge towards protesters near Egypt's Interior Ministry as violent demonstrations continued on February 3, 2012 in Cairo. (Ed Giles/Getty Images) #

Protesters throw stones during clashes between protesters and egyptian riot police near the Interior Ministry on February 3, 2012 in Cairo. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images) #

A protester suffering from the effects of tear gas inhalation falls to the ground during clashes between protesters and riot police near the Interior Ministry on February 3, 2012 in Cairo. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images) #

A protester suffering from the effects of tear gas inhalation falls to the ground during clashes between protesters and riot police near the Interior Ministry on February 3, 2012 in Cairo. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images) #

An Egyptian riot policeman fires tear gas during clashes with protesters near the Interior Ministry in Cairo on February 3, 2012. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #

Egyptian protesters run for cover from the tear gas fired by riot police near the Interior Ministry in Cairo on February 3, 2012. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Egyptian protester throws a tear gas canister back at riot police in Cairo on February 4, 2012. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #

Egyptian security forces detain a press photographer during clashes near the Interior Ministry in Cairo on February 5, 2012. (Stringer/Reuters) #

An Egyptian protester has his eyes treated after being exposed to tear gas near the Interior Ministry in Cairo on February 5, 2012 as deadly clashes raged into a fourth day. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #

Egyptian protesters are engulfed in a cloud of tear gas as they gather at a barricade erected against the riot police near the central Tahrir Square in Cairo on February 5, 2012. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #

A protester shows his collection of empty cartridges during clashes with security forces near the Interior Ministry in Cairo on February 6, 2012. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) #

Protesters react to tear gas during clashes with security forces near the Interior Ministry in Cairo on February 6, 2012. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) #

An Egyptian demonstrator evacuates a wounded comrade during ongoing clashes with riot police outside Cairo's security headquarters on February 6, 2012 in the wake of deadly football violence and amid calls by activists for civil disobedience in Egypt. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Egyptian protester grabs a tear gas canister fired by riot police near the Interior Ministry during clashes with riot police in Cairo on February 6, 2012. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #

A wounded Egyptian demonstrator is carried away by other youths during confrontations with riot police in Cairo on February 6, 2012. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #


 
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