Violence Across Cairo Leaves at Least 2 Protesters Dead

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CAIRO (AP) - It's been a day of violent protest in Egypt's capital.

An Egyptian court decision was the trigger for one of the incidents. The court confirmed the death sentences against 21 people for taking part in a deadly soccer riot in the city of Port Said last year. The court also acquitted seven police officials for their alleged role in the violence.

That decision has set off a rampage by thousands fans of the Cairo club involved in the original melee. At least five people were injured in today's protests.

In unrelated violence, at least two protesters were killed in clashes between riot police and stone-throwing demonstrators on a street along the Nile in central Cairo. Nineteen others were injured. Clashes have been taking place daily between anti-government protesters and police in the area, which is near two luxury hotels and the U.S. and British embassies.

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