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Qatar police push back World Cup fans


The fan zone arrange in central Doha became a chaotic scene on Sunday on the opening day of the World Cup as tens of 1000’s of fans pushed and shoved in opposition to police strains to enter the venue.

Fans have been attempting to enter the enclosed space that comprises a big-screen tv for viewing matches, locations to purchase beer, and little else.

Riot police armed with batons and shields stood guard on the entrance. Some fans pleaded with officers to allow them to via the road.

“It’s very dangerous. People they might die,” stated Hatem El-Berarri, an Iraqi who stated he was working in neighboring Dubai. “Old individuals, girls, they can’t deal with crowds like this. Thank God I’m slightly bit tall, so I can breathe. But I noticed some youngsters and stated `get them up. They can’t breathe.”‘

He stated he noticed individuals pushing and shoving, and girls crying.

“My household is inside. I can’t enter to see them anymore. I do not know what to do,” he stated, calling the group “not superb.”

Luis Reyes, a Mexican-American residing in Los Angeles, likened the crush to scenes just a few weeks in the past in South Korea that killed greater than 150.

“You cannot go back and you may’t go ahead,” he stated. “I advised my son, ‘Let’s go exterior. It’s too harmful.”

It wasn’t clear if anybody was injured or arrested.

There was an identical state of affairs Saturday night time at a pre-World Cup live performance as individuals tried to push their approach inside the identical fan zone.

Inside the competition space on Sunday there have been no indicators of bother as tens of 1000’s of individuals watched the opening match. People have been dancing, singing and ingesting at a live performance following the match between Qatar and Ecuador, which was performed within the metropolis of Al Khor.

Mahdi Hussain, a 17-year-old who didn’t handle to enter, stated he was not completely satisfied that beer was being served.

“That bothers me,” he stated. “I do not need to be in an environment the place there’s alcohol.”

Samira Said, who moved to Qatar from Egypt about 25 years in the past, stated she was overjoyed that an Arab nation obtained to host the World Cup.

“As an Arab, I felt honored. I used to be completely satisfied,” the 50-year-old stated.



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