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Riot occurs in Argentina during Diego Maradona Wake

Riot occurs in Argentina at Diego Maradona Wake
Riot occurs in Argentina during Diego Maradona Wake

Riot occurs in Argentina during Diego Maradona Wake

On Thursday Riots broke out in Argentina due to delay of Diego Maradona Wake.

Earlier today officials were ordered to move the Legend Diego Maradona’s coffin to another room inside the presidential palace after fans took over an inner courtyard and disrupted his lying in state.

The government had early announced a three-hour extension to the wake to allow time for thousands of fans to pay their respects.

Tens of thousands of people had queued from early morning to file past the star’s coffin, draped in the Argentine flag and the player’s No.10 jersey, at the presidential palace.

Alot of the mourners were in deep tears, and some wore replicas of the World Cup winner’s jersey as they gathered at the Casa Rosada palace to see his coffin.

But as the day went on, fans queueing outside the palace grew increasingly impatient and angry and most of them took over a courtyard inside the palace, where they chanted slogans.

Officials moved Maradona’s coffin to another room as a security precaution, a government source disclosed to AFP.

At the same time, riot police clashed with stone-throwing fans on streets around the palace, and several people were arrested.

The Legend Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday while recovering from surgery earlier this month to remove a blood clot on his brain.

He was to be buried later on Thursday at the Jardin de Paz cemetery on the outskirts of the Argentine capital, where his parents were also laid to rest, his spokesman Sebastian Sanchi told AFP.

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Written by Uzo Munachi

Uzo Munachi, from Anambra state, a student and a young entrepreneur, looking to make an impact in the world!

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