Indonesian authorities have reported the death of 17 children among at least 125 killed by violent riots after a soccer match in Indonesia, in one of the biggest tragedies in world soccer history. The authorities came to report the death of 174 people, but they have lowered the figure to 125 on Sunday night due to “an error in the registration” in the hospitals that treated the victims.
The children’s department of the Indonesian Ministry of Women and Child Protection reported this Sunday in a statement the number of minors killed by the events that occurred on Saturday night, reports the Indonesian news agency Antara.
Thousands of Arema club fans stormed the pitch after a 2-3 loss to Persebaya Surabaya at the Kanjuruhan stadium in the city of Malang, East Java province, and clashed with security forces, leaving 125 so far dead and more than 320 wounded.
The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged this Monday to investigate the actions of the Indonesian CIN police, who launched tear gas canisters and used force to disperse thousands of fans inside a soccer field. “All those responsible must be held accountable for this disaster, regardless of their status or position,” said HRW’s deputy director for Asia, Phil Robertson, asking the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, for an “independent and impartial investigation to get to the bottom of this tragedy.”
The crowd attacked the police and destroyed various infrastructures of the sports center, while the security agents responded with charges and tear gas in an attempt to stop the attacks, causing panic among the fans and causing the stampede.