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Peaceful rally morphs into violent riot in Buenos Aires after Argentina loses World Cup final

Jul 14, 2014, 12:27 AM EDT

BuenosAires AP

What started as a peaceful rally to support the Argentinian national team turned ugly as fans became violent and started to riot.

A gathering in Buenos Aires took a turn for the worse when Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in the World Cup final, and riot police were forced to use tear gas and rubber bullets on the rowdy crowd.

According to an ESPN report, 20 riot police have been injured in the clash as fans – many of whom were reportedly drunk and masked – threw rocks at police and storefronts, and busted open a theater.

The report states a total of 60 arrests have been made so far.

The whole situation began as a gathering of thousands of Argentinian fans at the Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires, creating a sea of people packed into the streets.  The fans were originally looking to applaud their team’s best World Cup performance in 24 years, as the report cites an initially happy scene.

In these pictures from a Venezuelan journalist, you can see police using tear gas as well as fire hoses to subdue rioters.

Here is some other documentation from Twitter on the incident:

  1. braxtonrob - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    Somebody watched ‘V For Vendetta’ too many times.

  2. sportsbastard - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    I’d be hacked off also if my “dollar” was four for a penny.

  3. philliephaninva - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Those pictures look like they were taken in Morgantown, WV.

  4. jjfields7 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    THIS IS WHY WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE FOLKS FROM SOUTH OF THE BORDER HERE IN THE US!

    • rkb555 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      And your post is why racism is still alive.

      • Orcasite - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Not “racism.” Just idiocy.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      Oh yes, Argentinians are just streaming across the boarder….and, you know, they are pretty much the same as Mexicans, what with their tacos, mariachis, and spicy foods. In case you haven’t noticed, most of the people creating violent scenes in public places in the US recent are of European decent.

      /s (in case there was any doubt)

    • ez0682 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Your not native American you dirty immigrant go back to where you came from you dirty pale white trash billy… hahaha

  5. simonkulberg - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    These are provocateurs as usual I`d imagine. Best way to break up a demo is to have police dress up as protesters and start breaking windows. Then you can justify a crackdown. Battle for Seattle all over again, and just more post modern police state garbage the media forgets to report on. Nothing new here.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      Well, you are right about the imagination part.

      • reformed2012 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Well, apparently you have not visit or live in a totalitarian third-world country like China. Don’t worry, America will be come one soon.

        The wise one knows, in the new millennium, the best form of government is having NO government. The human race is advanced enough to be ready for self-governance.

      • zzalapski - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        Yeah, because Somalia is everyone’s idea of utopia.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      “Battle for Seattle”? Wasn’t that one of the Ali-Foreman fights?

  6. thedeadlockvictim - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    And everyone thought that there’d be rioting in Brazil after their two lopsided defeats this week.

  7. heynyc61 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Yes because there are never riots in the us due to sports… We need to look at ourselves before we Critisize others

  8. granadafan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Gangs and anarchists

  9. belc83 - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    What this article depicts is simply not true. When the match ended families gathered for more than two hours celebrating the team’s performance which has made everybody proud and united after many years of radical differences. Later, a group of opportunists took advantage of the crowd being gathered and started throwing stones and breaking into stores. These violent people did not start rioting because Argentina had lost, but for the sake of creating chaos and tempering with the already disturbed political scene. Everybody else is very proud of this team and happy for having achieved the sub-championship; proof of that is the players were welcomed as national heroes by thousands of fans when they arrived this morning to Buenos Aires.

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