On Wednesday, over 70 people were killed and hundreds more injured at a soccer game in Port Said, Egypt. The circumstances behind the violence remain cloudy, but it has prompted an outpouring of grief for the victims and worldwide condemnation for the attacks.
Prominent figures in the world soccer community expressed their sympathies on various social networks. Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam and Barcelona (and former Arsenal) star Cesc Fabregas say there is no place for violence of any kind in the game.
Egypt national team manager Bob Bradley and his wife Lindsay joined public demonstrations and memorials for the victims on Thursday.
While graffiti artists are already mourning the dead on the walls of Cairo’s streets, local bloggers and cartoonists have attempted put the events in context for those who are unfamiliar with the situation in Egypt.
As facts emerge, the “Port Said massacre” does not appear to be a simple case of soccer fans run amok. The violence took place in a country that is less than a year removed from revolution. Egypt’s political climate is in constant flux, and the soccer stadium may have been the venue for an act intended affect the political process.