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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:

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