March 14, 1996 in Nation/World

Fans Riot After Failing To Get Concert Tickets

Compiled From Wire Services

Dozens of youths rampaged through a downtown pedestrian shopping mall in Buenos Aires on Wednesday after failing to get tickets to a concert by U.S. rock band “The Ramones.”

Police Chief Adrian Pelacchi said eight minors and six adults were arrested in connection with the incident on Florida street in the heart of the capital’s business district, local news agencies reported. Eight people have been reported injured.

More than 1,000 fans had lined up overnight outside the downtown offices of the Coca-Cola company to exchange ten bottle tops for a concert ticket as part of a promotion.

When company representatives told them no tickets were available, fans smashed shop windows, looted a newsstand and hurled rubble at the Coca-Cola offices.

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