A Cairo court on Saturday upheld death sentences that were handed down to 21 defendants in the Port Said soccer riot case, while more than 20 others were sentenced to lengthy prison terms. The ruling sparked renewed violence in both Port Said and Cairo, and an AP photographer captured this stunning photo of a police club on fire. This is not a Michael Bay movie poster.
AP caption: “An Egyptian man walks on the grounds of a police officer’s club as a fire set by protesters burns in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 9, 2013. 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, touching off furious protests in Cairo that torched the soccer federation headquarters and a nearby police club.”
In Port Said, meanwhile, tires were set ablaze:
We’ll update more when the smoke clears. If the smoke clears.