The Ultras Ahlawy Football, Violence, and the Quest for Justice

Source: The Century Foundation
Author(s): Karim Medhat Ennarah

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  • The “Ultra” fans of Egyptian football emerged from the world of sport in 2011 to play an important role in the revolution.
  • Then, in Port Said in February 2012, tragedy struck: seventy-two football fans were killed in a melee and stampede. The flawed quest for justice that followed resulted in a mass death sentence and more unrest.
  • With a story that parallels the rising hopes and dashed dreams of the Egyptian revolution, this report traces the history of the Ultras from their creation until the present.
  • This policy report is part of “Arab Politics beyond the Uprisings: Experiments in an Era of Resurgent Authoritarianism,” a multiyear TCF project supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York…

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