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South Korea Prepares For Worst At World Cup Parties After Halloween Tragedy

South Korea plans to deploy a massive police presence for a World Cup “cheering event” set to take place in its capital city Seoul on Thursday in the wake of a Halloween crowd crush tragedy several weeks prior.

The event will take place in Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul, and is expected to draw about 15,000 people, UPI reported. South Korea’s National Police Agency said in a release that riot police and special forces would be dispatched to the area to “maintain order”, manage the crowds and conduct anti-terrorism activities, according to an English translation.

South Korea is set to face off against Uruguay on Thursday in what will be its kickoff at the World Cup, which is being hosted by Qatar. The roughly month-long tournament began on Sunday and is scheduled to last through December 18.

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