Indonesian recalls stinging tear gas in deadly soccer melee
A man watches the chaos following a soccer game between local rivals DK and Dalian Wanda Group of Companies at Dalian Stadium in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, May 19, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Yuyu)
Dalian, Liaoning – As hundreds of fans and local police clashed in a soccer arena, some of them using homemade shields, others with umbrellas, others with metal rods, police fired tear gas canisters and gas canisters of water, while others were hit by rubber bullets, according to local media reports.
At the end of the game, police were looking for three men, who were not found, local news website Nanyang Siangpao said. Police are currently questioning the three men, citing that they were also involved in rioting and destroying the stadium, it said.
The tear gas and water canisters were fired after the match, and local police used “non-lethal” tear gas to disperse the crowd, the report said.
On March 16, football fans clashed in the city, and the authorities had to shoot rubber bullets to disperse the fans after a fierce game between two local clubs, Nanchang Yi Sang, led by Nanchang Fengdao and Dalian Suning, led by Dalian Wanda Group.
The clash, which killed at least 10 people and left at least 40 injured, has stirred widespread controversy in China’s northeast, and has led to the mass detention of more than 700 people from the city.
Nanyang Siangpao interviewed an eyewitness who told them that the stadium had been torn down and then was set on fire.
“At about 6 o’clock in the evening, fans of Dalian Wanda and Nanchang Yi Sang were on the field to watch the Dalian Wanda vs Nanchang Yi Sang semi-final game. They were