December 12, 2013
Supermarket looting spreads, 2 killed in Rosario, 86 arrested in Campana
Two people were killed today in violent clashes between police and looters, amid the ransacking of different supermarkets in the city of Rosario and Villa Gobernador Gálvez. Over a hundred people have been arrested and more than a dozen injured, security officials said.
The looting and vandalizing of supermarkets began in Bariloche yesterday and seemingly impulsed a knock-on effect across different provinces, as similar incidents began to arise in Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Chaco provinces.
One of the people killed in the clashes was a 40-year-old woman who was shot in the head whilst entering a supermarket along Avellaneda and Quintana streets in the city of Rosario, ElRosario.com reported.
Rosario police said that a man was killed after being shot in the chest in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, a town located on the southern fringe of Rosario City.
Local media reported that at least 25 attacks on supermarkets, furniture stores and small shops were being carried out in the Rosario area.
Various local government officials spoke with reporters over the action being taken in order to control the chaos caused in the different towns and cities.
In Campana, the town’s cabinet chief Claudio Rodríguez, assured that over 86 people had been arrested in talks with Radio Mitre today.
“We haven’t ruled out a possible political connection,” to the crimes, the official added.