This testimony in Arabic is from an Egyptian engineer, Mohammed Maslah of Port Said who witnessed the events of the recent riots at the Port Said football game between al-Ahly and al-Masry. This summary of his testimony was translated from Masrawy.
1) The stadium turnout was very large and I had reserved a ticket with great difficulty.
2) Before the start of the match, security did not search people before entering the stands.
3) Security did not check tickets.
4) I had reserved a seat in the western wing of the stadium but I was able to move to the media box without any restrictions.
5) There was a group of Baltagiyya inside the media box and they were holding white weapons.
6) When the match started everything was normal, but after Al-Ahly made their first goal the Baltagiyya started to incite people to riot and descend onto the field, but that didn’t happen.
7) Throughout the match these Baltagiyya incited and taunted people and said that “you people are silent while al-Ahly is on your field…”
8) At the final whistle, dozens of people trampled a group of children cheering for al-Masry as they were storming the field.
9) It was observed that the western doors in front of the crowd were opened in an illogical way instead of being closed.
10) The security forces didn’t do anything.
11) The lights were then cut out which was very strange.
12) The security forces assisted these events in a very obvious way.
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