Metallica Fans Riot At Bogotá Gig

Metallica 102709 Metallica Fans Riot At Bogotá GigPolice trucks and tanks were deployed as hundreds of fans rioted outside Metallica‘s performance at Simón Bolívar Park in Bogotá, Columbia, last week.

According to a report from Sky News, the crowd attempted to illegally enter the venue without tickets, resulting in nearly 160 arrests. Four police officers and four fans were reportedly injured in the melee.

“Those people that did not get in wanted to get in by force,” a local police official told Sky News. “The presence of police and riot teams was necessary because these misfits – there’s no other name for them – damaged some windows in the surrounding area.”

This is the second riot in three months by South American Metallica fans; 120 were arrested at the band’s January performance in Santiago, Chile.

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