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Egyptian court ruling in soccer riot deaths inflames protests

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An injured security official is carried from a police officers club in the upscale neighborhood of Zamalek, after protesters set fires following a court verdict in Cairo, March 9. Fans of Cairo's Al-Ahly club have stormed Egypt's soccer federation headquarters and a nearby police club, and set them ablaze after a court acquitted seven of nine police official on trial for their alleged part in deadly stadium melee.

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Egyptian men try to extinguish a fire in a building in the Police Club compound in Cairo, March 9.

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Policemen try to extinguish fire at a police club set by protesters following a court verdict in Cairo, March 9.

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Supporters of the 'Al Ahly' soccer club celebrate after an Egyptian court confirmed verdicts in the Port Said soccer match riots, at the Al-Ahly football club in Cairo, March 9.

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Smoke and fire rises from the Egyptian Soccer Federation after protesters set fire following a court verdict in, Cairo, March 9. An Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed the death sentences against 21 people for taking part in a deadly soccer riot but acquitted seven police officials for their alleged role in the violence. Suspected fans enraged by the verdict torched the soccer federation headquarters and a police club in Cairo in protest.


Egyptian security forces keep watch as protesters burn tires in Port Said, Egypt, March9. Twenty-one people sentenced to death for their role in the fatal 2012 football riots in the Egyptian city of Port Said had their sentences confirmed, sparking riots in Port Said and Cairo.

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Protesters evacuate a wounded protester from the scene of clashes in downtown Cairo, March 9. Security officials say a protester has died during clashes between police and hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators in central Cairo. The officials say the protester died Saturday on a Nile-side road where clashes have been taking place daily between anti-government protesters and police near two luxury hotels and the U.S. and British embassies.

By Yousri Mohamed and Marwa Awad, Reuters

Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security.

The ruling enraged residents of Port Said, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, by confirming death sentences imposed on 21 local soccer fans for their role in the riot last year when more than 70 people were killed.

But the court also angered rival fans in Cairo by acquitting a further 28 defendants that they wanted punished, including seven members of the police force which is reviled across society for its brutality under deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Full story