March 10, 2014
Blue and yellow fans see red
Violent clashes with police were seen once again yesterday as thousands of Boca Juniors fans flocked to the Obelisk on 9 de Julio avenue to celebrate the soccer club’s “International Fans Day.”
With fans climbing on top of traffic lights and shops, police moved in as a precautionary measure, but clashes soon followed. Last year, there were similar scenes on the same day, with several shops looted and damaged. Yesterday, hooligans who appeared to be intoxicated were primarily responsible for the violence, causing waves of panic among peaceful flag-waving fans, with riot trucks eventually appearing at the scene. Clashes with police ensued, and tensions remained high as fans continued to set off fireworks and obstruct rush-hour traffic. Boca fans congregated at different squares throughout the country, but violence was only reported in the capital. Seven police officers were injured and one person was arrested.