BANGKOK (INDONESIA) – Indonesia is shocked by the tragedy that happened in Malang, East Java province, where more than 170 People died in the crowd sparked by the clashes that took place at the end of a football match after police fired tear gas at thousands of fans stormed the field, angry at the defeat her team. To confirm the sad number (the official number currently stands at 174 victims), the Indonesian media and (via their Twitter profile)Arena FCin which the game took place, lost 3-2 to the eternal rival of the Persebay Surabaya, against whom they had not lost for more than twenty years. According to what Governor Emil Dardak told Kompas TV, they are more than 100 were injured (11 of them in critical condition) being treated in eight hospitals.
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The chaos at the end of the game
After invading the field, the police intervened and unsuccessfully tried to calm the spirits. When launching tear gas Chaos has broken out, followed by panic and general rush. A five-year-old child is also among the victims, according to a hospital source. Pictures from inside the stadium show police throwing large numbers of tear gas and the fans Climb over fences to save yourself. The stadium has a capacity of 42,000 spectators and was completely sold out according to the authorities. Yet only 3,000, police said, made an invasion of the field. Lots of cars including a police truck were set on fire in front of the sports facility. According to law enforcement agencies, a total of 13 vehicles were damaged.
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Indonesia, stadium tragedy: clashes between fans and police, more than 170 dead
An apology and a promise from the government
The Indonesian government apologized for the incident and promised to investigate the matter. President Joko Widodo has ordered an investigation on safety at football matches. The sports minister, the police and the head of the Indonesian Football Confederation must carry out “a full assessment of football matches and security procedures,” he said. the head of state in a televised speech.
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Indonesia in shock: clashes in the stadium, over 170 dead