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Three protesters also died in Suez after police opened fire on a crowd of about 3,000 people demonstrating in front of the local police headquarters, said health official Mohammed Lasheen. A third protester in Suez was in critical condition with a wound to the neck.

The chief of security in Suez denied the deaths there were from police gunfire.

In Alexandria, thousands of people, some of them carrying photos of those killed in the soccer riot, protested in front of the city’s military headquarters, while in Port Said, hundreds rallied in the streets to condemn the attacks on the soccer fans. Some of the demonstrators held banners that read: “Port Said is innocent, this is a cheap conspiracy.”

Many in the public and in the newly elected parliament, which held an emergency session Thursday to discuss the violence, blamed the new leadership for letting the soccer riot happen — whether due to a lack of control by the security forces, or as some allege, intentionally.

The violence in Port Said began after home team Al-Masry pulled off a 3-1 upset win over Cairo’s Al-Ahly, Egypt’s most powerful club. Al-Masry fans stormed the field, rushing past lines of police to attack Al-Ahly fans.

Survivors described a nightmarish scene in the stadium. Police stood by doing nothing, they said, as Al-Masry fans attacked Al-Ahly supporters, stabbing them and throwing them off bleachers. The parliament later accused the interior minister of “negligence.”

Youssef, an 18-year old Al-Ahly supporter who was being treated Friday by the field doctor in Cairo for birdshot in his back and arms, said he had been throwing rocks at the police when he was injured.

“What can I do? I am here to get justice for my beloved brothers who died. I will either get it or I’d rather die like them,” said Youssef, who would not give his second name because he said he feared for his life.

Associated Press writer Hadeel al-Shalchi contributed to this report.