“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Beautiful Game

At least 74 people have been killed in clashes between rival fans following a football match in the Egyptian city of Port Said.

Scores were injured as fans - reportedly armed with knives - invaded the pitch after a match between top-tier clubs al-Masry and al-Ahly.

Officials fear the death toll could rise further.

It is the biggest disaster in the country's football history, said the Egyptian deputy health minister.

"This is unfortunate and deeply saddening," Hesham Sheiha told state television.

Some of the dead were security officers, the Associated Press news agency quoted a morgue official as saying.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt's ruling army council, went to a airbase near Cairo to welcome back al-Ahly players who were flown back from Port Said on a military aircraft.


In a translated account of what happened:
The people attacking us were armed with batons, knives, rocks, glass, firworks and all kinds of weapons that would be used in more than football trouble.
When we saw these numbers we knew we wouldn't be able to deal with all of them; so we started running towards the hallways that take us to the doors in order to exit the stadium. These hallways should've been opened for us to leave but they were closed by the army from the outside. The area between the doors of these hallways and the main exit gates had army soldiers and we were locked in. Not even able to escape. We were besieged in the hallway and we had two choices; either die inside or outside because even if were able to make it outside the people of Port Said were waiting for us there at the main gate.


  1. what no hat tip?

    from yesterday's thread

    What is "Occupation" said...
    From Egypt:

    At least 73 people have been killed in clashes after a football game in the northern Egyptian city of Port Said, medics say.

    About 1,000 others were injured in Wednesday's violence, including police. At least two players suffered light injuries.

    Now that is irony....

    I wonder what will happen when the money runs out?

    When the food runs out?

    When oil triples in price and drives the cost of bread and fuel thru the roof?

    inquiring minds want to know....

    They COULD do a mass exodus to Arabia, Mecca that is, after all those Saudis have tons of petro dollars...

    Wed Feb 01, 05:55:00 PM EST

  2. Dozens of Palestinians threw shoes, sticks and stones at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's convoy as it crossed into the Gaza Strip on Thursday, protesting against what they saw as a slight against Palestinians jailed in Israel.

    No one was injured during the hostile welcome and the vehicles, which entered the Hamas-ruled territory from southern Israel through the Erez crossing, pushed through the crowd and sped away.

  3. The real AnonymousThu Feb 02, 08:00:00 AM EST

    IMO your behavior on this website doesn't warrant you any rights to a hat tip for anything posted on the front page.

    Get a life.

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  5. IMO your behavior on this website doesn't warrant you any rights to a hat tip for anything posted on the front page.

    Hat tip: the term "hat tip" (often abbreviated to "HT" or "h/t") rose to prominence in the blogosphere to acknowledge someone who drew attention to something new or interesting. It is considered good netiquette when sharing a link or news item to give a hat tip to the person from whom you learned of the item.

    So regardless of your "IMO" a hat tip is and was do to me...

    Maybe it's cause I am a Joo....

    That's right this sight I must sit in the back of the bus.

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  7. site not sight...

    English is not my 1st language.

  8. This really aint the same thing...

    Hillsborough disaster
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Hillsborough disaster

    The Leppings Lane end at Hillsborough stadium during the disaster.
    Date 15 April 1989
    Location Leppings Lane End
    Hillsborough Stadium
    Cause Overcrowding of confined pens on the terraces caused by a failure of police control
    Injured 766
    Deaths 96
    The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush that occurred on 15 April 1989 at Hillsborough, a football stadium, the home of Sheffield Wednesday F.C. in Sheffield, England, resulting in the deaths of 96 people,[1] and 766 being injured, all fans of Liverpool F.C. It remains the deadliest stadium-related disaster in British history and one of the worst ever international football accidents.[2] It was the second of two stadium-related disasters involving Liverpool supporters, the other being the Heysel Stadium Disaster in 1985.
    The match, an FA Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, was abandoned six minutes into the game.
    The official inquiry into the disaster, the Taylor Report, concluded that "the main reason for the disaster was the failure of police control."[3] The findings of the report resulted in the elimination of standing terraces at all major football stadiums in both England and Scotland.[4]

  9. WiO,

    You are raining on the Muslim victory parade, dear friend.

    One hopes to live long enough to see these fools in Islamic chains. But, then, maybe I already have :-)