Port Said Massacre

Collection with 14 media items created by Transterra Editor

06 May 2013 09:00

Tears in the eyes, rocks on the ground, and blood on the pavements - as injustice prevails.

On the 1st of February 2012, Port Said stadium witnessed the biggest catastrophe in Egypt's recent history, in a match between Cairo's al-Ahly club and Port Said's al-Masry club. Under the auspices of the police, 72 football fans from al-Ahly's biggest fanclub 'Ultras Ahlawi' were slaughtered in the stadium that day by paid thugs and football fans from Port Said city.

Contrary to protocol, police did not search al-Masry fans, who wielded knives, swords, stones, and fireworks. As clashes broke out towards the end of the match, police forces did not intervene. Instead, they withdrew from the stadium, welded the doors, and turned off the stadium lights. In the meantime, Ultras Ahlawy were being chased, stabbed, choked, and thrown off grandstands.

"It was a nightmare. I had to cover myself with my friend's blood to escape the thugs who were chasing me," said Ahmad Sabry, who witnessed the death of his childhood friend.

Most of the fans killed in the stadium were between the age of thirteen and twenty. The massacre took place within a twenty-minute frenzy.

This massacre happened against the backdrop of an ongoing vendetta between the police and Ultras Ahlawy, that has manifested itself in repeated clashes since the group's inception in 2007. Many believe that the police orchestrated this massacre to retaliate for the humiliation suffered a the hands of the Ultras, who fiercly fought off the police during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

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Port Said Massacre 1
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
21 Jun 2013

Fierce and dedicated football fans of al-Ahly club, Ultras Ahlawy, after they forcibly broke into a Cairo stadium, defying a police-imposed ban to attend matches following the Port Said massacre.

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Port Said Massacre 2
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
22 Jun 2013

Fierce and dedicated football fans of al-Ahly club, Ultras Ahlawy, after forcibly breaking into a Cairo stadium, defying a police-imposed ban to attend matches following the Port Said massacre.

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Port Said Massacre 3
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
22 Jun 2013

Fierce and dedicated football fans of al-Ahly club, Ultras Ahlawy, after they forcibly broke into a Cairo stadium, defying a police-imposed ban to attend matches following the Port Said massacre.

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Port Said Massacre 4
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
05 May 2013

A mural in Cairo, reflecting resentment against police brutality amongst football fans.

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Port Said Massacre 5
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
27 Jun 2013

Widowed wife and daughter of Youssef Hamada in the Cairo suburbs of Matariya. Hamada initially managed to escape the attack, but turned back after hearing his comrades scream for help from behind the welded gates. When they broke open, he was crushed under the gates. "The only reason l'm still living is my daughter Gana. She's Youssef's flesh and blood," said his wife.

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Port Said Massacre 6
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
18 Jun 2013

"I miss your smile," said the mother of slain football fan Mohamad Gamal, popularly known as 'Jimmy' among his peers. Jimmy died at the age of 15, and was a member of Ultras Ahlawy and one of the youngest victims in the stadium massacre.

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Port Said Massacre 7
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
25 Jun 2013

Portrait of slain football fan Mohamed Khaled, who died at the age of 15. Khaled was one of the youngest victims in the stadium massacre. He was fatally struck on the head with a metal rod. "He didn't tell me that he was going to the match that day, as he knew I would refuse. I wish I had the chance to hug him before he left," said his mother.

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Port Said Massacre 8
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
18 Jun 2013

Mother of slain football fan Amr Ahmed, popularly known as 'Steef', cries as she holds a portrait of her son. "My son had the chance to leave the stadium, but stayed trying to save his friends," she said. Steef, 26, was an accountant and one of the founders of Ultras Ahlawy. According to forensics, he died due to a rib-cage fracture.

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Port Said Massacre 9
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
19 Jun 2013

Family of slain football fan Mosatafa Metwally, who died at the age of 17. Metwally was a highschool student, and an influential person in Ultras Ahlawy despite his young age.

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Port Said Massacre 10
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
19 Jun 2013

Parents of slain football fan Mohamed Abdallah hold his portrait in his room. Abdallah, 21, was an engineering student and was supposed to get married in 2013 to his childhood friend following a five-year engagement. "I sold everything to buy a him an apartment for his marriage, but now he's gone," said his mother.

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Port Said Massacre 11
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
25 Jun 2013

Osama Mostafa, who died at the age of 18 in the stadium massacre in Port Said, was a Computer Science student and a member of Ultras Ahlawy.

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Port Said Massacre 12
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
26 Jun 2013

Father of Ahmed Zakariya, popularily known as 'Ziko', holds a portrait of his son. Ziko, 16, died after being hit on the head with a metal rod. He was a highschool student and an old member of Ultras Ahlawy. "I will never back down until all of those responsible for my son's death are held accountable," said his father.

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Port Said Massacre 13
Port Said, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
06 May 2013

Graffiti showing one of the 21 defendants sentenced to death for their alleged role in the massacre in Port Said. Many of them are believed to have been randomly arrested.

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Port Said Massacre 14
Cairo, Egypt
By jonathanrashad
27 Jun 2013

Graffiti outside al-Ahly club headquarters in Cairo, showing the number of football fans killed in the Port Said stadium massacre and the ensuing violence. As these deaths threw the political landscape in turmoil, families continue to mourn the loss of 74 sons.