Hundreds protest SCAF in Egypt over 'Port Said Massacre'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 2, 2012 16:45
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Hundreds of Egyptians crowded streets in Downtown Cairo including the landmark Tahrir Square on Thursday to demonstrate against the circumstances that led to the deaths of 74 people in a riot following a soccer match in Port Said on Wednesday, Egyptian newspaper  Al Masry Al Youm reported.

The demonstrating Egyptians were largely angry with the country's ruling military council, who protesters claim have failed to provide adequate security to civilians, and have failed to improve on the oppressive regime toppled by protesters over a year ago. Those failures, protesters said, led to what Egyptians are calling the "Port Said Massacre."

Protesters chanted "Down down with the military council" and "the people want the execution of the marshal," the latter phrase directed at the Supreme Council of Armed Forces chief Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

One demonstrator told the Egyptian newspaper that the tragedy in Port Said was masterminded by the army generals in order to instigate "civil war" between Egyptians, the suspicions many Egyptians hold of the military council that took power from ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

The protester cited other incidents, including a number of armed robberies, are fabricated attempts to undermine the success of last year's "revolution."


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