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Old 07-24-10, 04:49 PM
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"Love Parade" kills 15 people.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_german..._parade_deaths

15 killed in mass panic at Germany's Love Parade

By MICHAEL SOHN and VANESSA GERA, Associated Press Writers

July 24, 2010

DUISBURG, Germany A stampede inside a tunnel crowded with techno music fans left 15 people dead and dozens injured at the famed Love Parade festival in western Germany on Saturday.

Other revelers initially kept partying at the event in Duisburg, near Duesseldorf, unaware of the deadly panic that started when police tried to prevent thousands more from entering the already-jammed parade grounds.

Authorities were still trying to determine exactly what happened at the event, which drew hundreds of thousands of people, but the situation was "very chaotic," police commissioner Juergen Kieskemper said.

Emergency workers had trouble getting to the victims in the wide, 500- to 600-meter-long (500- to 600-yard) tunnel that led to the grounds. The area around the tunnel was a hectic scene, with bodies lying on the ground as rescue workers rushed to aid them. Many of the injured were loaded into Red Cross vans and driven away.

Kieskemper said that just before the stampede occurred at about 5 p.m. (1500 GMT, 11 a.m. EDT), police closed off the area where the parade was being held because it was already overcrowded. They told revelers over loudspeakers to turn around and walk back in the other direction before the panic broke out, he said.

Eyewitness Udo Sandhoefer told n-tv television that even though no one else was being let in people still streamed into the tunnel, causing "a real mass panic."

"At some point the column (of people) got stuck, probably because everything was closed up front, and we saw that the first people were already lying on the ground," he said.

"Others climbed up the walls and tried somehow to get into the grounds from the side, and the people in the crowd that moved up simply ran over those who were lying on the ground."

Another witness, a young man who wasn't named, told n-tv the tunnel became so crowded that people began falling. "It got tighter and tighter from minute to minute and at some point everyone just wanted out," he said. "People were just pushed together until they fell over."

Duisburg city officials decided at a crisis meeting to let the parade go on to prevent more panic and another stampede, said city spokesman Frank Kopatschek.

Police said the fatalities included nine women and six men.

It is the worst accident of its kind since nine people were crushed to death and 43 more were injured at a rock festival in Roskilde, Denmark, in 2000. That fatal accident occurred when a huge crowd pushed forward during a Pearl Jam gig.

Germany's new president expressed his dismay at the deaths.

"Such a catastrophe that brings death, suffering and pain during a peaceful festival of happy young people is terrible," President Christian Wulff said, according to his office.

The Love Parade was once an institution in Berlin, but has been held in the industrial Ruhr region of western Germany since 2007.

The original Berlin Love Parade grew from a 1989 peace demonstration into a huge outdoor celebration of club culture that drew about 1.5 million people at its peak in 1999. But it suffered from financial problems and tensions with city officials in later years, and eventually moved.
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Stampede of Love....new techno hit!
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Well that's what you get for liking techno.
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Re: "Love Parade" kills 15 people.

If Techno Viking had been there, it wouldn't have happened.
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Panic at the disco?
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Re: "Love Parade" kills 15 people.

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
Well that's what you get for liking techno.
Old 07-24-10, 05:44 PM
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Well it's always sad when people get trampled to death...but if someone had to die, as previously mentioned, at least it's techno aficionados.
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Time for a funeral parade.
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Another reason to ban tunnels!
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Wow, I didn't even know techno music was still popular...
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Body count is now at 18.

A festival with 1.4 million people? That sounds like an absolute nightmare.
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They made a mistake, this should have happened at Comic-Con instead.











I'm kidding...










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Right now, I'm playing WHAT IS LOVE by Haddaway.
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'The Love Parade'.

So it was true...

The little prick had finished his book.
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It looks like the police made the mistake of closing the far end of the tunnel, rather than the near end. So, people would enter the tunnel, then find out they couldn't get in at the far end, and turn back, going against the crowd of people still trying to get in. No wonder it jammed up.
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Re: "Love Parade" kills 15 people.

Originally Posted by eXcentris View Post
They made a mistake, this should have happened at Comic-Con instead.
There was an incident at Comic Con. Quite Horrible. Someone was injured with a pen. Nerds.
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Yeah that nerd tried to stab the other nerd in the eye with a pen. Made a serious attempt too apparently. The stabee just got lucky he didn't have a pen plunged into his eye. Instead he had a stab wound of some type just next to his eye.

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Dare I ask what they were fighting over?
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'The Love Parade'.

So it was true...

The little prick had finished his book.
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It's so cool someone got that.
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That's 18 less glow stick artists that the world will have to live without.
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What a shame. They never should have changed it/moved it from Berlin.

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