World Cup 2010- Demonstration before Algerian Embassy in Cairo
CAIRO - Some 150 people gathered Thursday night in the vicinity of the Embassy of Algeria in Cairo to launch slogans hostile to this country, who qualified Wednesday for the 2010 World Cup against Egypt.
- The demonstrators were kept at a hundred yards from the building by a cordon of anti riot police blocking the street to the embassy in the district of Zamalek, where there are many diplomatic missions.
They chanted slogans calling for "expulsion" of the ambassador of Algeria, Abdelkader Hajar, and "closures" of the embassy.
The tensions between Cairo and Algiers around qualifying match for the World Cup 2010 have turned Thursday to a diplomatic crisis with the recall "for consultations" of the Egyptian ambassador in Algeria.
The recall follows strong condemnations by Cairo of "aggression" of Egyptian fans by Algerian fans Wednesday night in Khartoum, which had organized the match that ended with the victory of the "Greens" on the "Pharaohs" (1 -- 0). Cairo also protested against the anti-Egyptian violence in Algeria.
Violence targeting Algeria players and fans had been held last week in Cairo on the sidelines of another match between national teams of both countries.
- Egyptians were the first to start hostilities. They have to assume all the consequences.
Ennaharonline/ M. O.