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Ultras Ahlawy protest to call for the release of their detained colleagues

وصلت مسيرة تضم المئات من أعضاء «ألتراس أهلاوي»، ظهر السبت، إلى دار القضاء العالي قادمة من مقر النادي الأهلي بالجزيرة، للمطالبة بالإفراج عن أعضائها المعتقلين ...
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Les habitants de Sohag protestent contre Morsi lors de sa visite أهالي (& vidéo) سوهاج يتظاهرون ضد زيارة مرسي ويطالبونه بالرحي

Les habitants de Sohag protestent contre Morsi lors de sa visite أهالي (& vidéo) سوهاج يتظاهرون ضد زيارة مرسي ويطالبونه بالرحي | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Plusieurs citoyens et activistes du Gouvernorat de Sohag ont organisé des protestations lors de la visite du Président Morsi, réclamant son départ et la chute du Guide spirituel de la Confrérie des FM.

 

La police a eu recours aux bombes lacrymogènes pour disperser les manifestants, parmi lesquels on a compté de nombreux blessés. Morsi avait inauguré lors de sa visite plusieurs projets dans le gouvernorat, et a également présidé une mini- réunion ministérielle, en présence du Premier ministre

 

Le Procureur Général

D'autre part, le Procureur a sû quitter son bureau à la « Haute Cour » (Dar el Kadaa el Aly), sur recommandation de la sécurité,  en prévision d’éventuelles émeutes ou violences de la part des supporters du club "Ultras" qui devaient arriver à Dar el Kadaa el Aly  pour protester contre la décision d’'incarcération de 38 de leurs collègues à Shebin el Kom, Menoufia.

 

نظم العديد من أهالي محافظة سوهاج والحركات السياسية الثورية، وقفة احتجاجية ضد زيارة الرئيس محمد مرسي ...

 

http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2013/03/16/أهالي-سوهاج-يتظاهرون-ضد-زيارة-مرسي-ويطالبونه-بالرحيل.html#

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Egypt: 38 soccer fans charged with violence

Egypt: 38 soccer fans charged with violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian prosecutors have charged 38 members of a die-hard soccer fan club with belonging to an illegal group and other offenses, one of the first signs of a crackdown on the powerful sports organizations that have been at the forefront of the country's protest movement, lawyers said Thursday.

Soccer fans, known as Ultras, became a major political force during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and the subsequent tumultuous transition. They are known for their longstanding animosity with the police.

The charge of belonging to an illegal group appears to be an attempt to pressure the powerful Ultras network, one of the most organized movements in Egypt after the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. But a crackdown could also backfire, as Ultras are some of the country's most active protesters and regularly clash with police.

Ahmed Ezzat, a rights lawyer who is looking into the Ultras case, said the 38 Ultras Devils were arrested Wednesday during a protest in the Nile Delta city of Shebeen al-Kom. They were also charged with attempting to set fire to a provincial court house and insulting police officers.

 

 

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38 Ultras Ahlawy members arrested in Monufiya for court storming attempt

38 Ultras Ahlawy members arrested in Monufiya for court storming attempt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Thirty-eight members of theUltras Ahlawy were arrested in Menoufiya Wednesday for attempting to storm theShibin al-Kom courthouse to free a colleague remanded into custody for 15 days.

Around 1,500 fans surrounded the court, throwing stones and fireworks at security forces, which responded with tear gas.Meanwhile, the group claimed they had been attacked, beaten and dragged by security forces during a peaceful protest at the courthouse in a post on its Facebook page.

Organizers added that police often make false accusations against protesters and detainees.Unnamed security officials told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the clashes were limited. Those arrested are being questions by the Public Prosecution.

 

This text is from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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Au Caire, le QG de la fédération de foot et un club de la police incendiés

Au Caire, le QG de la fédération de foot et un club de la police incendiés | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des supporteurs du club al-Ahly de la capitale égyptienne, surnommés les Ultras, ont envahi le complexe ce matin. Ces violences interviennent après un nouveau jugement dans les heurts de février 2012 qui ont fait 74 morts à Port-Saïd.

Le siège de la Fédération égyptienne de football et des bâtiments appartenant à un club de la police ont été incendiés, ce samedi au Caire, par des supporteurs mécontents après un jugement rendu dans une tragédie du football.

Des supporteurs du club de football al-Ahly de la capitale, surnommés les Ultras, ont envahi le complexe situé sur une île au milieu du Nil et y ont mis le feu, d'après un responsable des services de sécurité. Des centaines d'Ultras se dirigeaient également vers le ministère de l'Intérieur, proche de la place Tahrir, dans le centre-ville, rapporte la télévision d'Etat.

Ces violences sont intervenues après un nouvelle décision de justice dans une tragédie du football en février 2012 qui avait fait 74 morts à Port-Saïd (nord-est), dont une majorité de supporteurs d'al-Ahly. Ce drame, le plus meurtrier du football égyptien, s'était produit après la victoire du club local Al-Masry dont des centaines de supporteurs avaient envahi le terrain et lancé des projectiles vers ceux d'Al-Ahly.

Samedi, le tribunal a confirmé les condamnations à mort prononcées en janvier contre 21 personnes, en majorité des partisans du club de Port-Saïd. (....)

 

«Au début, on était contents quand on a entendu les 21 condamnations à mort. On fêtait ça et on n'a pas entendu le reste du verdict», concernant les condamnations plus clémentes et les acquittements, a raconté à l'AFP un supporter d'al-Ahly. «Ensuite, on est devenu très en colère», a-t-il ajouté. Les supporters d'al-Ahly avaient menacé de semer le «chaos» dans la capitale si les accusés, notamment les policiers, étaient acquittés. En milieu de journée, des responsables de la fédération tenaient des réunions d'urgence pour discuter des prochains matches de football à travers le pays, a rapporté la télévision d'Etat.

 

Plus: http://www.liberation.fr/monde/2013/03/09/peines-de-prison-et-condamnations-a-mort-pour-des-accuses-de-port-said_887399

 

 

 

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Ultras clash with police near house of former interior minister

Ultras clash with police near house of former interior minister | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Clashes erupted on Tuesday between dozens of hardcore football fans who belong to Ultras and security forces in the Dokki neighborhood of Giza, said an Aswat Masriya witness.

The Ultras youth engaged in clashes with the security forces near the house of the former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim, destroying the entrance of his house.

Former interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim was in office during the bloody events of Port Said football stadium where more than 70 football fans were killed.

The protesters and the security forces hurled stones at each other. The security forces fired teargas bombs while the protesters used fireworks.

The Ultras Ahlawy youth raised chanted against the interior ministry before clashing with the security forces.

 

This text is from: Aswat Masreya

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The Show Trial of Port Said

The Show Trial of Port Said | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, and the first under Muslim Brotherhood rule, was never going to pass peacefully. Nationwide, pro-democracy demonstrations were planned in protest at undemocratic decrees and increased police brutality under the current government, and the general lack of progress made in meeting the demands of the revolution raised two years earlier.

In the Canal Zone cities of Suez, Ismailiyya and Port Said, it was marked by protests and battles between civilians and police, and a state of emergency was declared on 28 January. (...) The court announcement on 26 January, effectively sentencing twenty-one young men to death, shook Egypt, not only because of the severity of the sentence, but also because of the numerous question marks associated with the trial itself. (...) Yet despite worldwide news coverage of the announcement (often misstating the result as a verdict) and of the subsequent funerals, there has been almost no mention of the actual proceedings of the trial itself. (...)

 

The announcement made by presiding judge Sobhi Abd al-Magid led to rapturous celebrations outside Al-Ahly Club’s Cairo headquarters, by Ultras Ahlawy fans (...). However, the announcement is neither a verdict nor an ultimate conclusion to the case.

Fifty-four defendants remain, including nine security officials on trial for “assisting with murder.” The final verdict, including any potential convictions, will be issued on 9 March. In fact, Judge Abd al-Magid’s announcement simply states that the Port Said Criminal Court has petitioned the Grand Mufti for his ruling on a potential verdict sentencing to death the first twenty-one individuals tried.

 

Under Article 381 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the only law cited in the announcement, all capital convictions must be submitted to the Grand Mufti for approval, who has ten days to respond. Even if the Grand Mufti advises commutation, he does not possess any judicial power, and the convictions may still ultimately be carried out, although serious questions of legitimacy may then arise. It is important to note that more than three weeks later, no response has yet been issued. Adding to the atmosphere of confusion, a new Grand Mufti was recently elected, and is due to take up his position in March, roughly around the time the final verdict is due. Whatever the Mufti’s response, there is no doubt that the Court’s final verdict shall be appealed.

 

More on: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/10249/the-show-trial-of-port-said

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Egypte : le face-à-face des salafistes et des ultras

La révolution égyptienne a pris des accents de tragédie grecque. La société se divise, les femmes se font violer, les jeunes s’affrontent, s’organisent en milice, la déliquescence de l’Etat permet tout, autorise le pire.

Dans ce maelström tragique, tous se plaignent, défilent, protestent et conspuent. Les uns appellent au départ de Mohamed Morsi, le président islamiste, les autres, au contraire, le défendent.  La porte est ouverte à toutes les manœuvres obscures et fatales pour la nouvelle Egypte. Tous tentent désespérément de sauver la Révolution, leur Révolution. Tous affirment qu’elle leur a été volée, confisquée, que l’autre ment ou n’a rien compris. Ni la police, ni l’armée ne sont épargnées. La Révolution égyptienne sent le soufre. Et chacun attend son heure. (Le JDD)

 

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"The Ultras, the trial and violence", by Ziad Aki

Egypt-actus's insight:

An initial verdict is finally out and 21 out of the 75 accused in the Port Said massacre case were given the death penalty. Yes a verdict is out, but the amount of justice done by that verdict remains an unanswered question. In fact, what happened in the past two days and keeps happening until today concerning the Port Said case raises lots of questions that need to be answered. It is premature to think that justice has been served for those who died.

This verdict is the result of an investigation and arrests that were done in a random and an inefficient manner. Those who went to Port Said right after the incident in February 2012 would tell you how people were arrested from their houses for no apparent reasons.

You would realise that the majority of those accused could not be even related to what happened, they were simply arrested because a line-up of perpetrators had to be engineered quickly in response to political pressure. When you get to the bottom of what happened in Port Said during the few days after the massacre you would understand that this trial is a charade designed by the army and implemented by state institutions to find scapegoats while the guilty get decorated.

The verdict itself is very strange. Why sentence 21 in a session then delay sentencing the others to a later session that’s more than a month away? If the investigations are not over, and the public prosecutor stated that he has new evidence, why not postpone the session and the verdict until the court sees the new evidence? Was the public prosecutor lying about the evidence he somehow miraculously managed to find in a week? Whether the newly appointed public prosecutor is lying or not, all these questions point to the court’s will to issue this verdict today.

The timing of the verdict and the fact that it was only on 21 out of 75 and it was all death sentences demonstrates that this verdict was politically motivated. The ultimate aim of issuing this verdict on the 26th was not to see justice done, but to diffuse a polarised situation. What else can explain an incomplete verdict issued in a time where supposedly new evidence has been found? Giving in to political pressure is not new to the Egyptian judiciary. Besides, all the president’s stubborn attempts to intervene and control the judiciary were means to make sure that the judiciary will remain a tool in the hands of the executive.

The secrecy is also extremely ridiculous. If the court found enough evidence against the 21 it sentenced to death, then why not disclose this evidence to the public? The court could have diffused a lot of the tension building up right now if it had shown how it arrived at that verdict. The people have a right to know, but the fact that the court failed to recognise this right is why 10 people have been killed in Port Said after the verdict, and unfortunately, the toll could be higher.

The other dimension in this situation is the Ultras movement, a very controversial group. It is indeed admirable and respectable what the Ultras Ahlawy movement has done over the past year. The movement showed a commitment to its cause and devotion to the principles the movement believes in. What the movement did over the past year was politically, socially and culturally enriching. The Ultras taught all social movements in Egypt a lesson in innovative tactics, in effective response to threats and challenges, in understanding how to apply pressure on authorities and in how to remain dedicated to your cause without diversions.

At the same time, they taught the regime in Egypt that lives are worth a lot and that there will always be pressure and escalation if the value of life is undermined. Perhaps we now know that elections are not the only tool we have. Peaceful pressure works, non-violent escalation makes a difference. It is time we remember that political parties are not the only means we have to induce change.

 

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/01/26/the-ultras-the-trial-and-violence/

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Dozens Protest In El-Manyal Against Muslim Brotherhood

Dozens Protest In El-Manyal Against Muslim Brotherhood | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Dozens of Egyptians are protesting now in El-Manyal, Cairo against the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, chanting "Down with the MB supreme guide...People Want to overthrow the regime".

The hardcore Ahli fans, or "Ultras", and the families of the martyrs of the Port Said massacre are participating in the demonstration.

A court’s hearing of Port Said football massacre will be next Saturday. Egypt's worst-ever football tragedy left more than 70 Ahly fans dead after they were attacked by Masry fans at an Ahly-Masry match in the Port Said stadium on 1 February 2012.

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Thousands of Ultras rally in Tahrir demanding justice for Port Said victims - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Thousands of Ultras rally in Tahrir demanding justice for Port Said victims - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Thousands of Ahly team hardcore football fans (Ultras Ahlawy) have rallied in Tahrir Square in central Cairo, gearing up for next week's anticipated court verdict over last year's Port Said disaster.

 

Egypt's worst-ever football tragedy left more than 70 Ahly fans dead after they were attacked by the Port Said "Masry" fans following the end of an ill-tempered Egyptian Premier League game on 1 February, 2012.

The Ultras Ahlawy members marched from the club's headquarters in El-Gezira district, Cairo, to Tahrir to step up pressure on the judge presiding over the notorious case.

The ardent group of supporters vowed to take the matter into their own hands if the verdict, expected to be delivered on 26 January, did not satisfy them.

They did not specify what actions they might take but distributed many flyers and stickers bearing the words "justice or chaos" in Cairo's underground and public buses. (...)

Ahram Online's Mai Shaheen said Ultras Ahlawy members are accompanied by mothers of the slain victims, who chanted angry slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood, from which President Mohamed Morsi hails.

Egypt-actus's insight:

Seventy-three defendants including nine security officials, three Masry football club officials and a number of fans are on trial for their suspected role in the disaster, which sent shockwaves across Egypt and led to an indefinite suspension of domestic football activity.

However, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said recently the new league season will kick off on 2 February, defying a warning by Ultras Ahlawy who insisted they would not allow any resumption of domestic football unless "justice is done" in the Port Said case.

Ultras Ahlawy has been at loggerheads with Egyptian police since it was founded in 2007, consistently engaging in confrontations with security forces before and after football matches.

The tense relationship took a turn for the worse after an attempted police crackdown left more than 800 protesters dead during 2011's 18-day uprising that unseated autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.

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Football fans hold mass rally in Cairo

 Hundreds of hardcore soccer fans on Saturday took to the streets in central Cairo, demanding the release of comrades being in custody after recent clashes with security forces.

 

As they chanted slogans against the police, the protesters, known as the Ultras, briefly blocked Cairo’s major 6th October Bridge before gathering outside the office of the country’s public prosecutor where they set off fireworks and flares in a sign of anger.

 

The Ultras are one of Egypt’s most vociferous anti-government protest groups, and played a major role in a 2011 revolt that toppled Husni Mubarak. They have long-standing strained relations with the police.

 

“North or south, our brothers will be freed,” chanted the protesters. They were referring to 38 soccer fans and activists who were arrested and charged last week with belonging to an illegal group and disrupting public order after clashing with security forces outside a court in the Nile Delta city of Shebeen al-Koum

 

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/football-fans-hold-mass-rally-in-cairo-1.1159104

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Des Ultras manifestent pour libérer 38 des leurs

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Des centaines de supporteurs de football ont manifesté samedi devant les bureaux du procureur général au Caire pour demander la libération de leurs camarades Ultras.Ces manifestants ont fermé les rues autour des bureaux du procureur dans

 

le centre de la capitale, lançant des slogans et tapant dans les mains pour exiger l’élargissement de 38 Ultras arrêtés dans la province de Menoufia, dans le Delta du Nil, pour appartenance à un «groupe illégal».

 

Ces Ultras ont été accusés d’avoir tenté d’incendier un tribunal et attaqué ses employés alors que l’un de leurs camarades, Gamal Helal, était jugé par cette juridiction, a indiqué un responsable des services de sécurité. «A bas le ministère de l’Intérieur» et «Liberté» ont scandé les supporteurs au son des tambours et en allumant des fumigènes.

L’arrestation des 38 Ultras est le premier signe d’une campagne contre ce groupe de supporteurs qui sont devenus une véritable force politique durant le soulèvement qui a conduit à la chute du président Hosni Moubarak en 2011. Les Ultras avaient des rapports difficiles avec la police qui ont culminé avec les violences ayant conduit à la mort de dizaines de personnes dans le stade de Port-Saïd lors d’une rencontre avec le club local Al-Masry et le grand club cairote d’Al-Ahly en février 2012. (news80)

 

http://ch.news80.com/2013/03/16/des-ultras-manifestent-pour-liberer-38-des-leurs/

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Violences au soccer en Égypte: 38 arrestations

Violences au soccer en Égypte: 38 arrestations | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Des policiers ont procédé jeudi à l’arrestation de 38 membres d’un fervent groupe de supporters d’un club de soccer, selon des avocats égyptiens. Les prévenus feront face à des accusations d’avoir fait partie d’une organisation illégale, d’avoir tenté d’incendier un palais de justice et d’avoir injurié des policiers.

Les accusations déposées jeudi sont les premières qui visent les membres des Ultras. Ceux-ci sont devenus des joueurs importants dans la tumultueuse transition politique en Égypte, et les tensions les opposant aux forces policières sont notoires.

L’avocat Ahmed Ezzat a précisé que les suspects, parmi lesquels se trouvent 15 mineurs, ont été épinglés dans la province de Menoufia.

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Ultras divided on Cairo fire

Ultras divided on Cairo fire | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Omar Halawa / Egypt independent 

“Are you from the ultras?” asked one of the Ahly club football fans in a reserved manner, amid roaring crowds gathering in front of the club on Saturday afternoon, following the Port Said massacre verdict. 

“Yes. Ultras of Shubra. Why are you asking?”

“Because I can see you running around, burning things. Did you not hear our capos (leaders) saying that the ruling is satisfactory until now; let’s go so that violence doesn’t spread?”

“The capos can say whatever they want to say. The ruling today did not give the death sentence to the policemen of the Ministry of Interior. That way, nothing happened.”

This conversation between two members of the Cairo football team fans took place hours before the Port Said Criminal Court confirmed the death sentence to 21 defendants accused of killing 72 Ahly ultras after a game turned violent last year in the Suez canal city. The court found seven of nine policemen accused in the case innocent, while two senior officers got 15 years in jail and a life sentence, including the former head of the Port Said Security Directorate. The seven officers are among 28 defendants found innocent. 

The stringent Ultras Ahlawy, one of the main fan groups of the Ahly club, had posted on its Facebook page before the verdict that if the ruling was postponed, chaos will spread in the country, main roads will be blocked and public agencies will be closed. If policemen are found innocent in the case, the post continued, the Ministry of Interior shall be occupied and burned completely.

But following the verdict, the leaders of the ultras promptly asked their followers not to push for violence. They said that the ruling was relatively satisfactory and that the country is going through a difficult moment. They also said there should be respect for the mothers of those killed in the Port Said massacre and who asked for no violence following the verdict so no more victims would fall.

The resort to violence yesterday however showcased a certain division within Ultras Ahlawy, with many followers expressing shock at the rather passive position of their leaders.

“The capos’ position is not understandable. The moment we heard that the death sentence for 21 defendants was confirmed, we cheered. But when we heard the policemen were found innocent, there was a state of disappointment and confusion in our ranks. We asked ourselves, what should be the next step,” said Mohamed Abdel Alim, 20, a member of the group.

“To hell with the capos. I think many of them will go back in their decision,” he added.

 

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ultras-divided-cairo-fire?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Francoise Autier's comment, March 10, 2013 1:16 AM
si les ultras eux aussi sont divises, c est la fin de la fin !!!! :(
Francoise Autier's comment, March 10, 2013 1:17 AM
qui profite de cette division ????? :(
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Performing masculinity: the football ultras in post-revolutionary Egypt

Performing masculinity: the football ultras in post-revolutionary Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The displays of masculine assertiveness by the football ultras in Egypt and their strongly gendered form of youth activism points to the need to look beyond clichés about unspecified notions of revolutionary youth. Initially opposed to state authorities, are the ultras refashioning themselves as new political players?

 

The seemingly perpetual push-and-pull between different groups of protestors on Cairo’s increasingly violent streets was given a new twist with the re-appearance in early March, after a month’s absence, of the unmistakeable presence of the Red Devil altraz (“ultras” ie extreme fans) of the El Ahly football club.

The altraz are intimidatingly well-organised in their vocal militancy -  marching under huge, professionally prepared banners; shouting slogans to the thudding beat of a deep bass drum; pausing in well-drilled unison to clap over their heads, or aggressively pogo up and down; and most recently obstructing traffic, blocking roads and even setting cars ablaze. Their renewed public disruption has had two effects – one intended, the other perhaps less so.

The intended effect is to seek to influence the forthcoming decision on 9th March of the Cairo Court which has been hearing the charges against 52 defendants accused of complicity in a football riot and massacre of 72 visiting El Ahly supporters in February last year (21 of whom were sentenced to death in an initial verdict handed down by the court – after curiously secret proceedings – in January this year).

The unintended effect, however, is to also draw attention to the noticeably low-key profile of the self-same altraz on the streets of the city in whose original Arab Spring revolution (the overthrow of President Mubarak in 2011) they played a leading role. Why in January this year had they abruptly withdrawn from their distinctive street performances? And what was the significance of their sudden re-emergence, more violent than ever before? In order to explore these questions we need to look into the origins and emergence of the altraz as a force in Egyptian football and revolutionary politics.   
  

The El Ahly altraz articulate their founding myth as the coming together, in or around 2007, of a core of genuine fans, determined to redeem the proud reputation and heritage of their club (founded in 1907 as the National Sporting Club and active in the drive for Egypt’s independence and modernisation) from its comprehensive entanglement within the politics, commercialisation and corruption of late-Mubarak Egypt. As one long-standing Ahly stalwart put it to me:

“If you joined the terraces in the late 1990s or early 2000s, you could easily see that many of the ‘fans’ who turned up were not real supporters. They arrived with ta’miyya (deep-fried chickpea patty) sandwiches, as if on a picnic to the countryside. Some were hired claques for certain players, paid to shout their names whenever they touched the ball, regardless of how the match was played, or seeking to make money from the terraces in other ways. The altraz came to stamp out this climate, and revive the loyalty true fans have towards their club, their sense of belonging to its heritage, ideals, and principles – its long history, legendary figures, and all the silverware it has won, giving it a status which surpasses that of all other clubs in the league.” 

 

More on: http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/leila-zaki-chakravarti/performing-masculinity-football-ultras-in-post-revolutionary-egypt

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الحقيقه الكامله لبورشهيد - Ultras Green Eagles

نطالب بكل قوة بحقوق هؤلاء الشهداء الذين ماتوا غدرا دون اي ذنب فلن نهدء حتي يأتي حق الشهداء وان بقيتم علي سكوتكم بعد ما تشاهدون سيتم التصعيد لجميع المنظمات ال...
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A tale of two cities: blood, football and politics in Egypt

A tale of two cities: blood, football and politics in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As the two cities of Cairo and Port Said remain engulfed in the worst violence seen since the Revolution, the entwining in Egypt of ‘football and the game of politics’ could hardly be more complete. And the game, it would appear, has not even reached half-time, says Leila Zaki Chakravarti.

In the circus of confrontational politics that summons a succession of demonstrations to the streets of Cairo, the second anniversary of the fall of President Mubarak (on 25 January 2013) had always loomed large as the potential focus for some sort of defining theatrical spectacular. Yet there was something different about the marches which, in the days running up to the anniversary, convened on Tahrir Square from a number of Cairo neighbourhoods.

The groups, numbering in their thousands, were remarkable for their homogeneity, organisation and purpose. All were young males, some bare-chested but most kitted out in red football shirts or street-smart tops and hoodies. They marched with almost paramilitary precision, shouting well-drilled slogans in exaggeratedly gruff voices to the menacing beat of a loud bass drum, clapping their hands above their heads, every so often pausing in unison to pogo aggressively up and down. Well-produced banners proclaimed their demand for “Al-qissas aw Al-damm” (translated in many Western media reports as “Justice or Blood”) for the shuhuda (martyrs) whose portraits they carried aloft as vast icons. (...)

 

The choice of language for the demands of El Ahly altraz is revealing, rapidly cohering around a focus on two words in particular, namely shuhuda and al-qissas. The former is the plural form of shahid (martyr), a term deeply engrained in Islamic history and theology, and with a ready secular resonance deriving from its more recent use to venerate Egyptians who have died in struggles against colonialism, Israel and, more recently, anti-Mubarak (and now anti-Morsi) protests.

 

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Diaporama : Les Ultras d'Ahli en fête après le verdict du drame de Port Saïd

Diaporama : Les Ultras d'Ahli en fête après le verdict du drame de Port Saïd | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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BREAKING: Ultras Ahlawy block Cairo's 6 October Bridge

Members of the Ultras Ahlawy – hardcore fans of Egyptian football club Ahly – blocked Cairo's 6 October Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, one of the capital's main traffic arteries.

 

Earlier in the day, hundreds of Ultras demonstrated at the Egyptian Stock Exchange in downtown Cairo before marching on the nearby Saad Zaghloul Metro Station where they stood on the rail tracks, briefly halting Metro services in the Cairo metropolitan area.

The Ultras' protests come as part of a "day of rage" organised by the hardcore Ahly fans to demand justice for the victims of last February's Port Said stadium disaster ahead of an anticipated 26 January court verdict.

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