Unrest in East Java
127 dead after soccer match in Indonesia
More than 120 people have died in riots after a Premier League match in Indonesia. According to the authorities, 34 people will die on the football field alone. Others die in the hospital.
At least 127 people have been killed in serious riots following a soccer match in Indonesia’s East Java province. Police used tear gas to disperse rampaging fans, Inspector General Nico Afinta said at an impromptu news conference.
34 people died on the Kanjuruhan Stadium pitch, all others in hospitals, Afinta said, according to radio station Elshinta and station tvOne. He did not provide any information about the cause of the tragedy.
The riots broke out after a first league match between Arema FC and Persebaya FC. After the 3-2 defeat in Malang, thousands of spectators stormed the pitch. Photos posted on the tvOne website show, among other things, a completely destroyed car at the stadium.
Other images show the storm in the square and smoke damage in the square and stands. “127 people died in this incident, two of whom are members of the National Police,” Chief Inspector Afinta said. According to Afinta, most people died from lack of oxygen. According to him, there are still around 180 people in the clinics.