Argentina riot police clash with fans after World Cup loss (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
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.
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The violence erupted when a group of 15 football fans climbed onto a TV news van and ripped off the antenna. The situation then further deteriorated as youths hurled rocks and vandalized stores in the city center after the World Cup loss.
Elsewhere in the Argentine capital, disgruntled fans set fire to trash cans and blocked roads with makeshift barricades.
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. Violence also broke out in the city of La Plata where police reportedly detained 10 people for disturbing the peace.
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
"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.