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Argentina: Vice President Kirchner pays respects at Maradona wake01:32

Argentina: Vice President Kirchner pays respects at Maradona wake

Argentina, Buenos Aires
November 26, 2020 at 23:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner arrived at Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires to participate in the farewell ceremony of Diego Maradona on Thursday, a day after the football legend died of a heart attack.

Kirchner approached the coffin and posed a rosary on top of the countless jerseys already laying above it.

She was visibly emotional as she started praying with her eyes closed while keeping her hands on the coffin.

Outside Casa Rosada, an enormous crowd of fans overflew chanting and waving flags with Maradona's face, waiting for the chapel of rest to open to the public.

However, when the ceremony ended, police operations were already underway to block the vast influx of people gathering at the site - a move that caused violent riots.

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Argentine Vice President Cristina Kirchner arrived at Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires to participate in the farewell ceremony of Diego Maradona on Thursday, a day after the football legend died of a heart attack.

Kirchner approached the coffin and posed a rosary on top of the countless jerseys already laying above it.

She was visibly emotional as she started praying with her eyes closed while keeping her hands on the coffin.

Outside Casa Rosada, an enormous crowd of fans overflew chanting and waving flags with Maradona's face, waiting for the chapel of rest to open to the public.

However, when the ceremony ended, police operations were already underway to block the vast influx of people gathering at the site - a move that caused violent riots.

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