time of dispatch2022-10-03 18:39
More than 320 people were injured… Central government reveals first death toll
(Jakarta = Yonhap News) Reporter Park Eui-rae = It is known that 32 children and young people are among the 125 deaths in the soccer field disaster that happened on the 1st (local time) in East Java, Indonesia.
According to local media and foreign media such as Antara News and Daily Compass on the 3rd, Police Commissioner Listillo Sigit Prabowo said in a briefing the night before that 125 people were killed in the disaster and more than 320 were injured.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Protection said on the same day that at least 32 of the victims were children and young people under the age of 17, with the youngest being 3-4 year olds.
The day before, the government of Indonesia’s East Java province announced that the death toll had risen to 174, but later revised the number to 125, noting that some deaths were counted as duplicates. In addition, the East Java State Police said the death toll was 127, and the Malang Health Center in Malang Regency, where the stadium crashes, said the death toll was 131.
Commissioner Frabower explained that the police currently have data relating to the accident, and based on this, they intend to investigate the cause of the accident and disclose it to the public.
The accident happened around 10 pm on the 1st after the football team’s match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Football Field in Malang Regency, East Java, Indonesia.
After Arema FC’s 23rd loss to Persevaya Surabaya in their home game, some angry home team fans rushed into the stadium to protest the players and team officials, and soon after that the stadium was filled with thousands of spectators .
The police fired tear gas in the process to stop the invading crowd, and thousands of spectators ran towards the exit to avoid the tear gas and got stuck, leading to mass deaths.
Controversy over the police overreaction has arisen as it was revealed that the police had breached the rules of the International Football Federation (FIFA), which prohibits the use of tear gas in stadiums.
For this reason, the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said in a statement the day before that he had instructed Police Chief Prabowo to investigate the incident thoroughly, and that the Indonesian Human Rights Commission was also planning an on-site investigation to the incident, including the use of tear gas.
On the same day, the government formed a joint fact-finding team made up of officials from various ministries, professional football associations, academia, and the media, led by the Minister of Political, Legal and Security Coordination, Mahfoud Mde. They intend to investigate the cause of the accident separately from the police for two to three weeks.
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