Police’s tear gas main cause of death in Indonesia soccer stampede: investigators As it turns out, police had planned to use the teargas to clear a dangerous section of the pitch. The result? Death.
The death toll after the deadly police crackdown in Indonesia’s soccer stadium in Jakarta on Wednesday continues to rise. At least 19 people, including six policemen, have since died since the teargas attack took place.
This post will cover the events that transpired in the soccer pitch and the subsequent police deployment. We’ll also examine the circumstances behind the deaths and how the police acted to control the crowd.
Let’s review what happened.
The incident began around 3:40 p.m. local time at Medan Stadium, according to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences’ (Lembaga Pusat Statistik Indonesia) Twitter account.
Jakarta policemen use teargas to disperse crowd at soccer stadium as police chief calls for calm, reports AFP. Police Chief Tito Karnavian said that a suspected pro-government group had set up barricades and thrown gasoline on the pitch.
At 4:32 p.m., a statement from the Jakarta Police Department (PDI) was released after a newswire service reported the crowd had begun a riot by throwing rocks at police officers.
“Some officers had to use teargas to disperse crowds. It’s not related to what happened today at the stadium,” PDI Jakarta chief Tito Karnavian said.
At 5:30, PDI spokesman Pol. Sr. Insp. Soekirjo Yudha said that around 200 rioters had already gathered at the stadium, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at police officers.
“In such kind of situation, police forces had to use force to prevent people from using this as an opportunity to commit acts of violence,” Soekirjo said, according to Ria Novosti.
Around 6 p.m. local time, a crowd of around 3,000 people gathered on Jalan Medan to protest against the police crackdown. The police said that 2,000 people had already gathered at the stadium and that the atmosphere