Tensions are high this Thursday in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, where thousands of people try to pay a last tribute to Diego Armando Maradona, who died Wednesday at the age of 60.
The body of the legendary footballer, adored in Argentina for his personality, his successes and his social commitments, was placed in a coffin located in the Casa Rosada, seat of the executive power.
But by mid-afternoon local time, access to this place was closed by the authorities, overwhelmed by the crowd.
Incidents then broke out between fans amassed and law enforcement on the alert.
Maradona's funeral is to take place on Thursday evening and not everyone has been able to approach the body of the 1986 world champion. On the images filmed by AFP or the local media, fans and police exchange a few blows. .
Authorities respond with tear gas to repel the crowd.
However, the incidents seemed minor in the early afternoon.
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President Alberto Fernandez, however, came to the balcony of Casa Rosada to observe the incidents, according to images provided by the Argentinian channel Telefe.
The religious burial is planned in the wake of the Jardin de Paz cemetery, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, spokesman Sebastian Sanchi told AFP.