Argentine youths riot as World Cup loss mourned

Soccer fans try to escape from a tear gas cloud and a police water cannon, used to restrain a group of youths who hurled rocks and vandalized stores

BUENOS AIRES: Argentine riot police fired tear gas and water cannon on Sunday and early Monday to break up dozens of rock-hurling youths in central Buenos Aires after the nation’s hopes of a first World Cup win in 28 years were dashed by Germany in the final.

Parents clutching their children ran away from the iconic Obelisk monument where tens of thousands of people had gathered, as the rowdy youths taunted police officers and tried to kick down the metal grills on some shop fronts, television pictures showed.

At least 15 police officers were wounded and more than 50 people detained in the unrest that followed the 1-0 defeat, local media reported.
In a country polarised by a decade of politics under the populist president Cristina Fernandez and her predecessor, Fernandez’s late husband Nestor Kirchner, the national soccer team is a rare unifier…