Indonesia suspends soccer league after stampede that left more than 100 dead

Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced he swill suspend the competition of the country’s first division league, after the riots that left more than a hundred dead last Saturday.

Indonesia created an independent group on Monday to investigate the stampede at the Malaing football stadium that left at least 125 dead this weekend in one of the world’s worst sporting disasters.

The joint investigation team will be made up of government officials, the football federation, academic experts and journalists, the security minister announced. Mohammad Mahfoud.

“The team is expected to finish its work in two to three weeks,” Mahfud declared after a meeting of the competent authorities whose central theme was the tragedy.

The minister also reiterated the Government’s order to the National Police to investigate the persons believed to be responsible for the incident and evaluate security measures.

Likewise, human rights activists requested that a exhaustive investigation.

Police commanders and other officers must be held accountable for their decision to fire “significant and excessive amounts of tear gas, that apparently caused suffocation, and that made the crowd run towards the exits, where many were trampled to death,” denounced the deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, Phil Robertson.

(With information from Europe Press)

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