World Cup chill in Colombia: alcohol bans, curfews

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Local authorities fearful of more World Cup-related violence banned liquor sales on Tuesday in Bogota and other major Colombian cities. Some mayors also imposed game-day curfews for minors.

The mayor of the central city of Sogamoso, Miguel Angel Perez, told The Associated Press that he imposed an 8 p.m.-to-8 a.m. curfew for minors and an alcohol ban hoping to forestall a repeat of troubles that erupted Thursday after the Colombian team's victory clinched it a place in the tournament's second round.

Vandals damaged several shopping centers and three police officers were injured and 30 youths arrested following the 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.

In all, celebrations of Colombia's victories over Ivory Coast and earlier over Greece led to at least 11 deaths nationwide and more than 13,700 violent incidents, many involving alcohol, authorities reported.

"It's not a victory if there is a single death," Interior Minister Aurelio Iragorri told the AP by telephone prior to Colombia's game Tuesday, in which it defeated Japan 4-1.

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