Protests in the Egyptian capital have entered a fourth day as demonstrators express their ire -- again -- at the slow pace of reforms.Flames licked a government tax building as the structure was torched by protesters in the heart of Cairo, although it was unclear who was leading the late-night vandalism. State-run Egyptian television blamed “unknown” arsonists for the attack.
Meanwhile deaths following clashes between fans and security forces last week at a soccer match in the Egyptian capital have risen to 11. Several hundred protesters on Saturday called for an end to military rule, and retribution for the victims in the riot and stampede that followed Wednesday's match in Port Said. At least 74 people were killed that day alone, and 1,000 people were injured in the melee.
The board of directors and the president of the Egyptian soccer federation all resigned their positions on Saturday, after having all been fired Thursday by Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri. Some 400 people were injured during protests in Cairo on Thursday in clashes between police and demonstrators the same day. A travel ban was slapped on Egyptian Football Association head Samir Zaher as well, pending an investigation, according to the Associated Press.
On Friday, thousands of protesters mobbed the police headquarters in the port city of Suez. In response, security forces opened fire on the crowd, killing five people ages 18 to 21.Two protesters in Cairo also died Friday, where security forces fired tear gas canisters and birdshot at a crowd of thousands who were protesting outside the Interior Ministry. In addition, an Egyptian security officer died when an armored vehicle hit him during the chaos outside the ministry, a security official told a reporter under condition of anonymity.