December 19, 2014
At least 50 detained, 22 injured after police clash with fans at the Obelisc
After hours of peaceful World Cup celebrations at the Obelisc in 9 de Julio Avenue in downtown Buenos Aires City, violence broke out, as fans clashed with police, leaving at least 50 detained and 22 injured.
Police informed 30 people were detained and 20 were wounded, 15 of them police officers, while head of SAME emergency medical assistance service Alfredo Crescenti told reporters 7 people were assisted by its ambulances.
Around 10 p.m. violence erupted when a group of fans climbed onto a TV news van and destroyed its antenna.
Then, several groups of people started destroying police fences and then business facades near de Plaza de la República, between 9 de Julio and Corrientes Avenue.
Metrobus stops along 9 de Julio avenue were also severly damaged.
Federal Police and Infantry guard intervened to disperse the rioters, using water cannons and firing tear gas.
Some individuals were throwing stones at the police force in response but were later scattered.
Witnesses denounced informal alcohol sales during the celebrations at the Obelisc, the historic gather point for fans to unite after a relevant sporting event.
The same witnesses informed police that the rioters were using Chacarita Juniors, Independiente, Boca Juniors and River Plate jerseys.