Franz Ferdinand fans were sprayed with tear gas to stop them breaking perimeter fences at a concert at a concert in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Thousands of the bands fans were sprayed with the riot-control gas to stop them breaking down the fences at a free concert on Sunday, 27 May, 2012. Many of the audience reported sickness, problems with their breathing and temporary blindness after riot police were instructed to control the crowd.
Crowd member, Thamys Porto, 18, informed the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, "There was no organisation. Everyone started pushing forward trying to get in. That's when they closed the gates. There was panic."
"The riot police tried to make a human chain, but they couldn't contain them, so they began throwing tear gas into the crowd.
"I couldn't breathe or open my eyes. We tried to find medical help but there was none."
Frontman Alex Kapranos tweeted after the concert, “Hope any fans caught outside gig tonight were OK and weren’t hurt in the collision with police”.
And in reply to another shocked fan, Alex said, “That's terrible. I wish there was something I could do.”
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