30 killed, over 300 injured in clashes after death sentence over Egypt's Port Said massacre
[Xinhua] Up to 30 people were killed and over 300 others injured in clashes that erupted Saturday outside Port Said prison between security forces and family members of 21 convicts who were sentenced to death over the Port Said massacre, state TV reported.
In the 21st century there are places where a perp's clan can try to overrun the cop shoppe.
"The Ministry of Health sent air ambulances to Port Said to move the seriously wounded people to hospitals in Cairo," the ministry spokesman Ahmed Omar told Xinhua.
"Step away from the police station witcher hands up!"
After the Port Said Criminal Court on Saturday ordered death sentence for 21 defendants over the massacre, which killed more than 70 in February last year, families of the convicts violently attempted to break into the prison where they are detained.
"Youse can't do dat to Mahmoud!"
The prison area was engulfed by clouds of smoke as furious families of the convicts set fire to trees and gardens attached to the prison and nearby police station. Security forces responded by firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.
"Arrrr! We're burning yer stuff!"
"Ummm... That's a tree."
Seventy-three defendants, including nine top security officials, were arrested after tragic riots at Port Said Stadium following a soccer match between Port Said's al-Masry and Cairo's al-Ahly teams.
If they hadn't been selling beer in the beer joints that never woulda happened. I and the San Francisco city administration are sure of that.
The Egyptian interior ministry, for its part, on Saturday asked people in a statement to keep away from the areas of violent clashes, stressing that it would not give up its duty of protecting peoples' lives and the state premises.
"those guys are interfering with our duty to protect people's lives! Kill them all!"
The army forces were deployed in Port Said to restore stability, official news agency MENA reported, adding that the Railways Association has decided to halt trains from entering Port Said.
"Hello? Is this the railroad? This is Corporal Mahmoud, from the army! Stop the trains coming to Port Said! Have them turn around and go back!"
In a statement, Egyptian army's chief of general staff Ousamah Rousdy called the army soldiers to stick to self-restraint in dealing with citizens.
"Try not to kill too many of them."
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
The ministry of electricity and energy appealed to the people in Port Said to guard electricity companies against any aggression.
"Don't burn down the generators!"
"Arrrr! Why not!"
"You won't have any electricity."
"Rioters have already damaged some equipment of the companies, and if this continues, Port Said will be covered with darkness," the minister said in a statement.
"How bad is it?"
"I think we can still get about 30 volts out!"
While the situation was inflamed in Port Said, thousands of Cairo-based soccer fans dubbed "Ultras Ahlawy" expressed overwhelming happiness after Saturday's verdict.
"Yeah! Hang 'em all!"
The fans, who had vowed earlier to die for the retaliation for their murdered fellows, celebrated the court decision in front of their club and then moved to Tahrir square.
"We're Numbah One! We're Numbah One!"
Elsewhere, some people headed to the house of President Mohamed Morsi at Egypt's northeastern city of Zagazig in Sharqiya Governorate to celebrate the verdict, which they described as " historical."
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-27