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Stampede at German Music Festival Kills 19

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Posted on Jul 25, 2010
AP / Frank Augstein

Flowers and a hauntingly ironic label are left on the ground at the accident site of the Love Parade in Duisburg, western Germany, on Sunday.

Nineteen people were killed in a crowd panic at a free German dance music festival. Officials have launched an investigation into the deaths, which reportedly occurred after authorities repeatedly were warned about overcrowding. About 1.4 million people attended the event in Duisburg.

Some critics have blamed the festival’s organizers, claiming there was only one entrance into the “Love Parade” and that complaints against the logistics had been filed three days before the accident. —JCL

The BBC:

Survivors of a stampede at a free dance music festival in Germany in which 19 people were killed have blamed organisers for the deaths.

Witnesses criticised the decision to have just one entrance through a tunnel to the Love Parade, and said they had warned police about overcrowding.

The mayor of Duisburg, where the festival took place, said a security plan had been worked out beforehand.

Officials have launched an investigation into the disaster.

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By rico, suave, July 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

rollzone:

YEAH!

I could swear I saw Karl Rove and Dick Cheney directing those kids into the tunnel.

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By cabdriver, July 25, 2010 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment
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If this were a mainstream boozefest like a Mardi Gras, Fasching, or Oktoberfest, the festival would be held citywide, and masses of people wouldn’t be penned in a railway yard with only one main entrance and exit through a narrow tunnel.

The festival drew 1.4 million people, but they’re from a marginalized subculture. That accounts for the “security procedures” that amount to fencing people into an internment camp, away from the wider society that evidently fears them and abhors them.

I challenge anyone to argue that festivals like these inherently hold more menace and potential for chaos than events like Mardi Gras or Carnaval, which are held openly citywide for days on end.

(1,400,000 people, penned in a rail yard!)

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By rollzone, July 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

hello. i am disgusted with authority screwing
everything up. some administrator made a lordly
decision, that the gathering peoples were too
ignorant to decide for themselves, whether or not it
would be unsafe for themselves to congregate in a
standing room only crowd: as if their powers of
deductive reasoning were far superior (for protecting
the public interest against themselves), and then
they idiotically proceed to close one end of a
tunnel, without simultaneously closing the other end;
and then clearing their secured area. now the
celebrants will no longer exercise their right to
assemble in peaceful happiness, named a Love Parade,
because authority has again abused its power of
office, which resulted in deaths, and the destruction
of something beautiful. the people ordering the
closing of the tunnel, need to be brought up on
charges of incompetence, and run out of town. this
catastrophe is another example of authority inciting
chaos and mayhem, where it had no business
intervening in the first place. people could walk in,
assess the situation for themselves, and stay or go
as they chose. we, at least were educated, watching
the ‘Keystone Cops’ on television; and all the mayhem
caused, was erased when the director shouted “cut”,
and all the actors got up off the ground and went
home for dinner. this was deplorable.

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By ofersince72, July 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

I told you Europeans had more fench fries missing

  out of their Happy Meal then we do.

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By digginter, July 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

It is too much people in the festival. Some panic can kill them.Sorry to hear that. Hope that never happen again too.

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