BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Nov 26 – Riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gasoline in clashes Thursday with soccer followers close to the wake for Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires.
Officers earlier ordered Maradona’s coffin to be moved to a different room contained in the presidential palace after followers took over an inside courtyard and disrupted his mendacity in state.
The federal government had early introduced a three-hour extension to the wake to permit time for 1000’s of followers to pay their respects.
Tens of 1000’s of individuals had queued from early morning to file previous the star’s coffin, draped within the Argentine flag and the participant’s No.10 jersey, on the presidential palace.
Most of the mourners have been in tears, and a few wore replicas of the World Cup winner’s jersey as they gathered on the Casa Rosada palace to see his coffin.
However because the day wore on, followers queueing outdoors the palace grew more and more impatient and a few took over a courtyard contained in the palace, the place they chanted slogans.
Officers moved Maradona’s coffin to a different room as a safety precaution, a authorities supply instructed AFP.
On the identical time, riot police clashed with stone throwing followers on streets across the palace, and a number of other individuals have been arrested.
Maradona died of a coronary heart assault on Wednesday whereas recovering from surgical procedure earlier this month to take away a blood clot on his mind.
He was to be buried later Thursday on the Jardin de Paz cemetery on the outskirts of the Argentine capital, the place his dad and mom have been additionally laid to relaxation, his spokesman Sebastian Sanchi instructed AFP.