The Kuching Stadium Security Team Warnings Those Who Can’t Get Out

Indonesia police: Stadium exit gates too small for escape This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see…

The Kuching Stadium Security Team Warnings Those Who Can’t Get Out

Indonesia police: Stadium exit gates too small for escape

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Indonesia police: Stadium exit gates too small for escape

By Mark Garten

CNN

(CNN) — In the hours before the game was about to start, security staff at the Kuching Stadium warned journalists and others that they were too small for an escape out of the stadium.

The warning came in the form of a warning card, which was distributed to media via e-mail, and was a way of making sure reporters understood the security protocol.

But there were some reporters who managed to sneak out.

“I went out through the front of the stadium with the police a couple of hours before the game. I told them that I’d gone through the turnstiles,” said reporter James Leutwyler, another CNN source in Indonesia.

“They said, ‘No, you’re too small. You can’t get out.’ I just pointed to my press pass. They looked at it and said, ‘That’s ok, we’ll just leave you in here.’”

Indonesian police used pepper gas and pepper spray against people who attempted to rush out of the stadium.

CNN’s Richard Tofel, a member of the Indonesian police force who was present at the game, was at the stadium with his wife and daughter.

“I saw some police rushing around out in front of the stadium towards the exits, pointing their guns at anybody who got close,” said Tofel. “So after a while, I left.”

A handful of journalists managed to get out, but journalists say police did not allow them to go any farther.

At 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, just before the game started, police officers went up to the gate and locked it down.

As a reporter attempted to go out of the stadium, he says officers fired pepper gas with a canister against him. “It burned like hell” said Leutwyler. �

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