Source: The Moshe Dayan Center For Middle Eastern And African Studies
Author(s): James M. Dorsey
A stampede at a Cairo stadium in February, much like a deadly, politically-loaded soccer brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, has cast a spotlight on Egypt’s unreformed, unabashedly violent, and politically powerful police and security forces, a key player in government efforts to suppress dissent. The most benign explanation for the deaths of at least 20 people in the stampede, which was likely the result of fans seeking to gain access to a match in the absence of available ticketsrather than a deliberate and planned assault by security forces, is Egyptian law enforcement’s lack of training and experience in crowd control….
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