Death toll rises to 174 in clashes after football match in Indonesia

Death toll rises to 174 in clashes after football match in Indonesia
Death toll rises to 174 in clashes after football match in Indonesia

The death toll in a stampede at the end of a football match in Indonesia has risen to 174, local authorities announced today, making the incident one of the worst tragedies to have ever occurred in a stadium.

“At 09:30 [hora local, 03:30 em Lisboa] the death toll rose to 158, and at 10:30 to 174. These are the data collected by the East Java Disaster Management Agency,” deputy provincial governor Emil Dardak told Kompas TV, according to French news agency AFP.

The previous initial balance was 129 dead and 180 wounded.

Authorities had warned of the possibility that the number of fatalities could rise, given the severity of the injuries of some of the people.

It is one of the worst tragedies ever in a football stadium, after 318 people were killed in clashes between fans from Peru and Argentina at the National Stadium in Lima in 1964.

O incident occurred on Saturday nightKanjuruhan Stadium, in the city of Malang, East Java, after the defeat of the home team, Arema FC, against Persebaya Surabaya, by 3-2.

It was Arema’s first home defeat in the Reigonal derby against Persebaya in 23 years, according to Indonesian newspaper Kompas.

Thousands of fans cheering Arema, known as “Aremania”, reacted by throwing bottles and other objects at players and team members.

Disgruntled supporters invaded the pitch and engaged in clashes, causing chaos in the stadium.

The police reacted and fired tear gas, including towards the stands of the stadium, causing panic among the crowd.

Hundreds of people rushed to an exit door in an attempt to escape not only the violence, but also the tear gas.

Some died of asphyxiation, while others were trampled to death, local officials said.

The violence of the images can shock:

The riots spread outside the stadium, where two police officers were killed and at least five police vehicles were set on fire.

Survivors said many panicked onlookers were caught by the fleeing crowd when police fired tear gas, according to AFP.

In a televised speech, Indonesian President Joko Widodo today ordered “a comprehensive assessment of football matches and security procedures”.

The Indonesian federation announced the suspension of the first division championship for a week, and banned Arema FC from playing games in its stadium until the end of the season.

The article is in Portuguese

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