Massacre at Egypt Soccer Game Draws Condemnation, Call to Action
February 11, 2015 – Following the horrific massacre outside what should have been a peaceful soccer match, the Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR) expresses the deepest condemnation. The incident is just one of the countless crimes committed by the military coup, following the bloody fourth anniversary of Egypt’s revolution.
Thirty lives were lost on Sunday, February 8th as a result of the criminal actions committed by Egypt’s military officials. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, fans of Egyptian Premiere League club Zamalek were attempting to enter the stadium, but police officers instead fired tear gas and birdshot at the crowd. A stampede erupted as a result, and thirty lives were lost amidst the chaos and violence. It has become the norm for police and military forces to settle scores with fans.
“It is despicable to observe how the Egyptian military continues to treat its own citizens, particularly in light of the bloody fourth anniversary of the revolution,” Dr. Hany Saqr, Chairman of EADHR said, “We cannot continue to stand in silence and watch innocent lives be tortured and killed, as the response of police and security forces.”
Moving forward, EADHR strongly asks the international community and human rights organizations to take action against the military’s misuse of power. We also demand that investigations be opened on the military’s crimes against the Egyptian people, to be able to confirm that these crimes constitute a major threat to international peace and security.
ISSUES: Human Rights Defense, Democratic Governance
REGIONS: Middle East and North Africa