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World Cup chaos: Qatar riot police push again crowd at fan zone – Nationwide

The fan zone arrange in central Doha become a chaotic scene on Sunday on the opening day of the World Cup as tens of hundreds of followers pushed and shoved towards strains police to enter the place.

Followers have been attempting to get into the enclosed space which has an enormous display screen TV to look at video games, locations to purchase beer, and little else.

Riot police with batons and protecting shields stood on the entrance. Some followers requested officers to allow them to by means of the road.

Only some pregnant ladies and disabled followers have been allowed to enter the fan zone by means of a particular precedence door shortly after the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador began in one other Qatari metropolis , Al Khor.

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“It’s extremely harmful. Folks they may die,” mentioned Hatem El-Berarri, an Iraqi who mentioned he labored in close by Dubai. “Outdated folks, ladies, they can not deal with a crowd like this. Thank God I am somewhat tall, so I can breathe. However I noticed youngsters and I mentioned ‘Convey them up. They cannot breathe.”‘

He mentioned he noticed folks pushing and shaking, and ladies crying.

“My household is inside. I can not log in to see them anymore. I do not know what to do,” he mentioned.


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Luis Reyes, a Mexican-American dwelling in Los Angeles, in contrast the crush to scenes a couple of weeks in the past in South Korea that killed greater than 150.

“You’ll be able to’t return and you may’t go ahead,” he mentioned. “I advised my son, ‘Let’s get out. It is too harmful.’

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It was not clear if anybody was injured or arrested.

The deployment of riot police follows an identical incident on Saturday evening at a pre-World Cup live performance which noticed folks attempting to push their manner into the fan zone on Doha’s Corniche at Al Bidda Park.

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