Indonesian Soccer Stampede: Was Safety Taken for Granted?


Indonesia made headlines in October 2022 for a disastrous stampede at a soccer stadium that killed at least 130 people and injured hundreds more. Deemed one of the world’s worst stadium tragedies, the stampede was triggered by the police’s use of tear gas. In fact, the sport’s governing organization FIFA has banned the use of tear gas to mediate crowds. As a result, many argue that the Indonesian police and other relevant authorities did not act responsibly. How should the aftermath of the tragedy be dealt with, and what measures should be taken to look out for the interests and safety of fans?

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