Indonesian football tragedy: Survivors recount horror of stadium

Indonesian football tragedy: Survivors recount horror of stadium

Fans tried to escape the chaos that erupted at Indonesia’s Kanjuruhan Stadium last saturday Stuck after security failed to open multiple exit doors According to the National Football League which contributed to the crowding in which at least 131 people have died.

Security forces face growing fury over their role in the disaster.(Indonesian football tragedy: Survivors recount horror of stadium) Amid questions over whether officials used too much force to try to pull fans off the pitch after Arema FC defeated visitors Persebaya Surabaya 3-2.

disaster, One of the worst matches in the history of this sport. 42,000 Aree fans clashed with the police. This caused security forces to fire tear gas into the enclosed area of ​​the stadium. Most of the deaths, including 33 children, are believed to have occurred due to fans. who panicked trying to escape from the suffocating smoke. cause interest at

the exit

Indonesian police have started an investigation into the incident. use of tear gas in the game at Malang As a result, nine officials from East Java were suspended.

But amid allegations of mismanagement by both the police and the game organizers Survivors of the tragedy are demanding answers.

“We were all disappointed with the result, but there was no (sign of) violence or chaos until the police started firing tear gas,” said 62-year-old Arema fan Toni Lestari Widodo.

It just “raised the situation” and made it worse, he said. I really don’t understand why they do that. no use for violence (for their part)”

Andi Hariyanto, 32, lost several family members in the tragedy. including his wife Two teenage daughters and grandson

He was behind with his family in the stands to avoid gathering the rushing crowd.

Riot police in the stadium fired tear gas at supporters in the stands, he said.

“It was a big mistake,” he said. “Don’t they know that there are so many women and children watching the games? I still don’t understand What did we do to make them want to shoot us?”

Hariyanto tries to escape from his secret crush along with his 2-year-old son Gian.

His wife Gebi Asta Putri Purwoko and their two daughters Natasya Debi Ramadani, 14, and Naila Debi Anggraini, 12, did not do so.

Around midnight, he returned to the stadium where dozens of body bags lay on the ground. “One by one, I opened the blankets to find my family,” he said.

“Then I found Natasya and Neela lying next to each other,” he said, holding back tears. “I don’t remember how many bodies I’ve examined and found them. But when it’s done I still can’t find my wife.”

In a statement on Tuesday The Indonesian Football Association said it had permanently removed security personnel responsible for controlling stadium exits, saying some doors remained locked during the disaster. due to failure to properly communicate the command

“The door should be open but closed,” said Erwin Tobing, head of the association’s disciplinary committee. There are 14 goals in total at the stadium.

The rules and safety measures state that the doors must be unlocked 10 minutes before the end of the match.

on the night of disaster Many of the doors remained locked minutes after the referee blew the final whistle. The association noted

A spokesman for Ahmad Riyadh also blamed the labor shortage, saying “only a few guards” were ready to open the door.

All Indonesian football league matches have been suspended under the orders of President Joko Widodo as an official investigation is ongoing. On Wednesday, Widodo said he would order “Full checks” of football stadiums across the country to prevent further tragedy

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