Fighting broke out during a neighborhood meeting in which the construction of a new Boca stadium was being discussed, with two seriously injured in a mass brawl which members of the Victory Front (FpV) attending the meeting allege was begun by people affiliated with President Mauricio Macri’s Republican Proposal (PRO) party.
Two people were injured, both of them belonging to a group called Boca es Pueblo (“Boca is the People”) which opposes the construction of a new stadium. One of the injured was Fernando Abal Medina, brother of current FpV Senator and former Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina, who was badly beaten in the fracas, suffering serious blows to the head.
The other, identified as Matías Scinica, had his throat slashed but fortunately both are progressing well and are now out of danger.
The shocking events unfolded as both chairs and punches were thrown, and it quickly transpired knives were also present. Imagine that. Bringing a knife to a chair fight. Very unprofessional.
Through his Twitter account, Senator Medina extended his thanks to the Penna and Aleman hospitals for their commitment and professionalism in looking after his brother.
Gracias a todos x la preocupación y el acompañamiento. Lo más importante es que mi hermano y el otro herido están fuera de peligro
— Juan Abal Medina (@juanabalmedina) 5. Mai 2016
Of course, as far as violence and Boca goes, the barras bravas (hooligans) were the first to suffer the indignity of finger pointing. Them? Hurting innocent people? For the sake of football? I’m not having any of it.
They’ve denied any involvement with the incident.
Also denying any involvement was the Mayor of Buenos Aires Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, who told Radio La Red that his party, Propuesta Republicana (PRO), had no organized ‘gang.’ It was in response to allegations that PRO members had been the initial instigators of the brawl, alongside the Unión Cívica Radical. “We don’t have a gang. There were people who did not agree with the project and it ended regrettably,” Laretta told the radio station.
The meeting, which assembled people and institutions from the neighborhoods of La Boca, Barracas, Parque de los Patricios and Pompeya, had the objective of discussing the sale of the Casa Amarilla (a Boca center) grounds, where the new stadium is proposed to be built. Many of the area’s residents and local institutions have said they would rather see an outdoors space as opposed to the new Bombonera.