At least 174 people have diedincluding 17 children, in the Javanese region of Malang, Indonesia, as a result of riots in the Kanjuruhan stadium after a soccer match between the teams of the Arema F.C. and the Persebaya Surabayawhen security forces responded to a field invasion with the use of tear gas that caused a huge human stampede in the stadium.
The Chief Inspector General of East Java Police, Nico Afintaexplained that the protests broke out after the defeat of the Arema F.C. against his adversary, according to the local media ‘Suryamalang’. The fans of the losing team jumped onto the playing field with the intention of demanding explanations for the result.
amphitheater He stated that the security guards took preventive and diversionary measures so that “the chaos would not escalate,” which has included the use of tear gas. The deputy governor of the province, Emil Dardak, confirmed the current death toll at a press conference collected by Kompas TV. The number of injured around 200.
Most of the children who were victims of this tragedy were between 12 and 17 years old, according to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Nahar (unique name).
For its part, the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) stated that it “regrets the actions of the fans” and confirmed that it has formed an investigation team that has moved to the city of Malang where the stadium is located.
In addition, the PSSI has indicated that it supports the Police in the investigation of the case and has assured that this incident “is staining the face of Indonesian football.”
“For the time being, we will stop the League 1 2022/2023 competition for a week. In addition, the team Arema F.C. is prohibited from hosting for the remainder of the competition this season,” the federation said in a press release.