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Moscow Police Tighten Security

June 14, 2002

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MOSCOW (AP) _ Moscow police took extra security measures for the telecast of Friday’s Russia-Belgium World Cup match to prevent the kind of rioting that broke out last Sunday.

Some 2,000 gun-toting police were patrolling the city center near the four outdoor television screens that broadcast the match live.

On Sunday, thousands of fans rioted at an outdoor screen near the Kremlin during Russia’s 1-0 loss to Japan. Young people set fire to cars, smashed shop windows, attacked police and each other, leaving two people dead and dozens injured.

In the wake of the riot, Moscow police came under heavy criticism for not being prepared to control the crowds.

This time, authorities appeared to be taking no chances. In addition to the extra police forces, special riot police were on standby.

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