Disturbances have taken place in Buenos Aires after Argentina’s national team lost the World Cup final 1-0 to Germany. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse angry fans.
The clashes occurred in the center of the Argentinian capital, near the landmark Obelisk of Buenos Aires, where thousands of people peacefully gathered earlier to cheer for their team.
Youths hurled rocks and vandalized stores in the city center after the national team suffered a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium on Sunday.
More than 30 people were detained and some 20 injured – 15 of them police – Telam news agency reported, citing police sources.
Meanwhile, there have been reports of similar disturbances in San Miguel – a northwest region of Greater Buenos Aires. Police detained five people there.
Despite the late Sunday clashes, the majority of Argentinians have accepted the loss with dignity. Earlier in the evening, thousands of fans came to the Obelisk monument, waving the national flag determined to party in celebrate reaching the World Cup final.
“I feel proud to be Argentine. To wear this shirt on the day of a final is priceless,” university student Marcelo Dailoff told Reuters. “The players brought joy to Argentina after so long. Quite simply, thank you.”
“The players put everything into the game, their hearts and souls. They lost the best way possible, not like Brazil who were smashed to smithereens,” 32-year-old Lorena Hak told the news agency… see more