Every big Egyptian football club has Ultras - they follow their team wherever they go and take a pride in fighting for them. But the Ahlawy Ultras of Cairo are much more than just football supporters – through their participation in the revolution they have become heroes.
Although claiming to be apolitical they played an important part of the resistance from the Day of Rage when the leaders launched a coded message on Facebook: “ Thank you for the last 4 years, you taught us to be ready for this moment ”.
From that moment on they used their experience in confronting the police at matches to play a significant role in defending the heart of the uprising - Cairo's Tahrir Square - against Mubarak's security forces.
On february 1, 74 football fans, mostly supporters of Ahlawy Ultras, were killed in Port Said stadium when Masry fans stormed the pitch at the end of an Egyptian league game. The lack of intervention from the police has led to speculations that the riot was orchestrated by pro+Mubarak forces in revenge against Ahlawy's Ultra fans. For this reason and for the demand of justice, the Ultras of the Ahlawy and their rivals of the Zamalek organized a demonstration that has culminated in a permanent garrison near the center of the Parliament.