'Invisible' hand blamed for Egypt massacre

2012-02-02 10:11

Cairo - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group whose party won the biggest bloc in recent parliamentary elections, said the deaths of 74 people in Egypt's worst ever soccer violence had been orchestrated by an "invisible" hand.

Angry politicians and sports officials decried a lack of security at the match in Port Said between local team al-Masry and Egypt's most successful club, Al Ahli, and blamed the nation's leaders for allowing - or even causing - the tragedy.

"This confirms that there is invisible planning that is behind this unjustified massacre. The authorities have been negligent," the group said in a statement on its website.

"We fear that some officers are punishing the people for their revolution and for depriving them of their ability to act as tyrants and restricting their privileges," it added

Egypt has been ruled by a military council since president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising a year ago. The newly-elected parliament is to convene for an emergency session on Thursday to discuss the violence.

The Muslim Brotherhood, whose Freedom and Justice Party secured almost half the seats the first election since Mubarak's ouster, is under pressure to use its newly won parliamentary power to help restore order.

The Brotherhood statement said the cycle of violence was encouraged by the failure to track down and punish the perpetrators of repeated acts of violence in recent months.

Crime and violence have surged since Mubarak's ouster and the police, demoralised and reviled for their use of force against peaceful protestors during the uprising, have yet to fully reassert themselves on the streets.

"We warn authorities against any attempts to destroy or burn Egypt or demolish its institutions. There must be firmness in applying the rule of law to everyone, without regard for internal or external pressure," the Brotherhood statement said.

The "April 6" youth group, which played a major role in the uprising that ousted Mubarak, said Wednesday's soccer violence had been planned by the military council.

"Those who cannot secure and protect a soccer match cannot protect a nation at large," the group added.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-02 10:27

    Egypt going down the hell of a hole!!!!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-02-02 10:28

    Like all stories I would not be surprised if the brotherhood caused it to seize power. This is a leaf out of the CIA handbook.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-02-02 16:26

      Ha ha... how Mel Gibson of you... :)

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-02 10:33

    really...they are starting to sound like our own politicians now.

      Wendy - 2012-02-02 10:45

      yah how true!

  • colin.chester1 - 2012-02-02 10:39

    The "hand" looked pretty visible to me.. Appalling behavior, yet now there is a sinister "3rd force" involved? "Those who cannot secure and protect a soccer match cannot protect a nation at large," the group added So now soccer matches need to be watched over by armed forces?? If this is the case, the country is doomed.

  • Mattewis - 2012-02-02 10:40

    O, here comes the "Third Force" BS again! This Africa continent must be a really bad place, because its people are controlled by a very strong evil "Invisible Hand". Funny how some people seem to have the restraint to resist these "hands" & "forces", while others just don't! Africa is brimming with hooligans, and that is the real problem, period!

      Wendy - 2012-02-02 10:48

      not just Africa .. there are hooligans everywhere in the world ..

  • Thoka - 2012-02-02 10:41

    very unfortunate incident. this should be avoided at all cost. We had our accidents(ellis park stadium) i thought the world learned from that mistake. condolances to the egyption families

  • Jymiro - 2012-02-02 10:48

    My condolenses goes to the families of the deceased. Egypt does not deserve this as they just comes from a bloody revolution that ousted the dictator Mubaraka.

  • Wendy - 2012-02-02 10:49

    huh .. seems like the "brotherhood" is the problem .. brotherhood of control .. do it out way or else !

  • Gary - 2012-02-02 10:50

    They seem to take their clues from the ANC with the bs of blaming a 3rd force.

  • Garth - 2012-02-02 11:08

    The hand was not invisible, it was the `Hand of God'. Strue, I saw it! He, in all his goodness, decided that there are not enough muslims in heaven yet(only been dying for 1300 years), so in order to balance things out and to prevent inter-belief wars in heaven, he gave some of them a `push'.

  • Thoka - 2012-02-02 11:16

    I am sorry but reading some of our comments is shocking, our problem solving is pointing fingers at an individual than dealing with the fiasco and putting measures inplace to prevent such accident in future( pro-active). I guess ANC is responsible for any bad thing happening around the world. I pray not to be an idiot in my next life

  • Polly - 2012-02-02 11:25

    Do you feel lonely? Do you often in the middle night shed tears because loneliness ? You're always on others in the laughter of sad? Now, I'm for you open your the road to happiness! stdster.,.c0m

  • Victor - 2012-02-02 11:36

    21st century savages

  • Esther - 2012-02-02 11:50

    Typical African - never accept responsibility,always blame somebody else for your unruly behaviour

  • Michael - 2012-02-02 12:00

    stupid Muslims... will use any opportunity to instill fear.

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