Egypt police arrest more fans over soccer riot anniversary

(iStock)
(iStock)

Cairo - An Egyptian lawyer says police have taken 37 soccer fans into custody overnight in Cairo, after arresting 80 others earlier in the day.

Mokhtar Mounir says the 80 were detained on suspicion they had planned to stage a protest to mark the anniversary of a 2012 soccer riot that killed 73 fans.

It wasn't immediately clear on Thursday why the additional arrests were made.

The 2012 riot in Port Said was Egypt's worst soccer disaster and one of the world's deadliest.

Most of the victims were fans of Al-Ahly soccer club.

The hardcore Al-Ahly fans group known as "Ultras Ahlawy," banned by authorities, cancelled a planned commemoration after some of its members were arrested ahead of the anniversary. Five were charged with inciting protests and belonging to an outlawed group.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When assisting your child with remote learning this year, did you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Follow the school's comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) curriculum?
14% - 71 votes
Adjust the CSE curriculum to suit the family's morals?
27% - 140 votes
Ignore the schools CSE programme and do your own teaching?
60% - 314 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.23
(-0.16)
ZAR/GBP
20.27
(+0.20)
ZAR/EUR
18.21
(-0.49)
ZAR/AUD
11.25
(-0.56)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.33)
Gold
1785.90
(-1.24)
Silver
22.60
(-2.47)
Platinum
961.51
(+0.47)
Brent Crude
47.75
(-1.52)
Palladium
2416.01
(+2.55)
All Share
57822.50
(-0.17)
Top 40
53021.58
(-0.12)
Financial 15
11577.71
(-0.58)
Industrial 25
79894.95
(-0.12)
Resource 10
52804.55
(+0.03)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo