Buenos Aires, Jul 14 (EFE).- More than 120 people were arrested and 70 others injured in the disturbances in Buenos Aires that followed Argentina's loss to Germany at the World Cup, officials said Monday.
"This did not just happen, it was planned. There was planning to make this happen and create great chaos," Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni told the La Red radio network.
Groups of masked individuals broke up the pavement in the streets of downtown Buenos Aires, looted businesses, vandalized automobiles, clashed with police and harassed reporters starting just after 10:00 p.m, Berni said.
"They were very drunk. We had to take action, no one likes to take action during a celebration. Acting under these conditions is very difficult, there were children and babies, you had to separate the wheat from the chaff," the security secretary said.
The disturbances marred a celebration that saw tens of thousands of fans turn out at the iconic Obelisk in Buenos Aires to watch the World Cup final, in which Germany beat Argentina 1-0.