More than 100 people have now died as a result of a football rivalry in Egypt, and many more deaths could soon follow. The disaster began with a riot in Port Said last year at a match between al-Masry and Cairo’s al-Ahly, in which more than 70 fans died.
Last weekend, a court in Port Said sentenced 21 people to death for their part in the disorder. Following the verdicts, protestors clashed with police, and more than 30 more lives were lost.
But there is also a political dimension to the trouble. At the time of the original riot, the Muslim Brotherhood alleged that the violence was orchestrated by supporters of the ousted regime of President Mubarak.
Now the Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi is president, and the football protests have become mixed up with demonstrations against what opponents see as his undemocratic approach, leading to dozens of deaths across the country. (See also my blog of 2 Feb, 2012)
*Another review of Historia mundial de los desastres. http://www.tiempo.com/ram/29343/historia-mundial-de-los-desastres/