Maradona Fans Clash with Police in Buenos Aires Before Legend’s Funeral

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    Pent-up emotions after eight months of strict Covid-19 restrictions in Argentina spilled over with the death of soccer superstar Diego Maradona, prompting people to flood squares, streets and the presidential palace to honor their icon. After many supporters waited in barricaded lines overnight to pay their respects, the wake was largely orderly and peaceful until the afternoon when the homage abruptly ended amid crowds streaming into the palace known as the Casa Rosada in downtown Buenos Aires. Clashes with the police took place in and around the iconic Plaza de Mayo in front of the main government buildings. Earlier, a live stream of the casket showed masked Argentines singing, crying and tossing flowers toward the casket draped in the national team shirt with his number 10. President Alberto Fernandez, his cabinet and soccer coaches and players were among the visitors. The government declared three days of mourning after his sudden death on Wednesday. “I don’t care about dying. I loved Diego and I hold him in my soul,” said Juan Carlos Luna, a 79-year-old retired building porter when asked whether he was concerned about the risk of being infected by Covid-19. People lined up for as many as 11 blocks to enter the presidential palace to see the casket. While certain rules were imposed within the building, social distancing and mask wearing was impossible to police outside. The wake was expected to draw a million people with some comparing it to the service for former first lady Eva Peron. The opening to a mass gathering marks a sharp contrast to nearly eight months of tightly-managed lockdown, one of the longest in the world. Airports have only recently resumed normal operations. Currently, the city only allows outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and schools are allowed to host short outdoor activities of as many as 10 students at a time. The government was initially praised for its swift and strict March lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus, but cases continued spreading through the winter, reaching a peak in October. The country has failed to carry out widespread testing leading to positivity rates of as high as 65% during the pandemic. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Have a story to tell? Fill out this survey for a chance to have it featured on Bloomberg Quicktake: Connect with us on… YouTube: Breaking News on YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

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    Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south.

    With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, the second largest in South America after Brazil, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation by area.

    Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

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