After the negotiations had come to a standstill, on 30 December the police decided to intervene and ended the demonstration. The police action was very violent, in spite of the presence in the garden of many children, and ended in the deaths of at least twenty-seven people. Many of them were children of below the age of ten. The demonstrators were all taken to four police centres for identification. Many were released the following day, while over 600 people without documents were taken to three different prisons.
Between Saturday, 31 December, when over a thousand people were released, and Tuesday, 3 January, the Sacred Heart Church (Sakakini) had to face a massive emergency. Hundreds of people arrived seeking help to obtain food, housing and medication.
An appeal was sent to all the religious communities in Egypt and solidarity with the victims was shown promptly. Over seven hundred people were treated at the church or at the nearby Italian hospital for fractures and injuries of various kinds. The UNHCR offered 1,200 blankets as well as medicines. People crowded in the Church's compound to comfort each other and to obtain news about their dear ones who were missing.
For three days over two hundred people (more than half of whom were Muslims) were accommodated at the church.
The incidents of 30 December left a very deep wound in the Sudanese community and has thrown a thick shadow over their future in Egypt.