Protesting soccer fans disrupt Cairo traffic

January 23, 2013 18:14


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CAIRO - Soccer fans obstructed roads and a rail line in Egypt's capital on Wednesday to demand swift punishment of rival supporters and policemen blamed for the deaths of 74 people in a stadium disaster last year.

A verdict in the case is due at the weekend, when thousands are expected to mark the second anniversary of Egypt's Arab Spring uprising with street protests against the Islamist-led government.

The fans, who took a frontline role in the toppling of autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011, held a silent protest in front of the stock exchange building in central Cairo, disrupted services at a central subway station and blocked a busy road bridge across the Nile.

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