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Al Ahly and the revolution
The Ultras of Cairo Football Club played an important role during the Egyptian revolution. One year after the „camel battle“ at Tharir Square, where the Ultras defended demonstrators against an attacking mob mounted on camels, 74 young supporters of Al Ahly were killed during a massacre in the soccer stadium of Port Said just after a game.
Whether the massacre of Port Said was an act of revenge, or perhaps even political calculation that would make it easier for the regime to get emergency laws in to force again, the motives will probably never be clear. Although in the meantime a trial started with 75 defendants in the dock the fact that these people are merely scapegoats of the Military Council SCAF is considered to be obvious.
The anger and sadness is mainly carried to the streets by an unlikely symbiosis of ultra supporters and the mothers of the victims. That this case even came to a trial is due to the tenacity of the Ultras and their ability to mobilize the masses. Even today they organize memorial marches, video screenings and commemorative events. Graffiti of prominent victims such as Anas, who at 14 years old was the youngest victim, and Karim, from a family of the Christian minority and who has become an icon for many revolutionary-minded youths is found throughout the city.