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EAR TO THE GROUND- Love Parade Suicide July 24, 2010 Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 August 2009 00:00

Love Parade Suicide July 24, 2010. Criminal charges to be laid
Criminal charges to be laid.

It is a sad day for the Electronic Music Scene. We have lost one of the world’s most popular celebrations of Techno Music THE LOVE PARADE. July 24 will be a day marked on every calendar with a black X from now on. Due to poor organization 10 people were tragically killed at this year’s event in Duisburg, Germany, a small town with a population of less then half a million.
The incident occurred in a pedestrian tunnel leading to the entrance of a former railway station where the site for the celebration was held. An estimated crowd of over 1.4 million held in an area that was 230 000 square meters filled the entranceway, the only entrance and exit way to the party.
Access to the event was closed due to over crowding. Police banned the entrance to new visitors, which angered people on the outside.
The venue was too small, emergency services were overwhelmed immediately by the situation.

There was one police per thousand revelers according to some estimates. The Love Parade required at least 4000-5000 police instead of a mere 1000 police.

The rush began when people thought the tunnel was a place to go to party. And at the same time others thought it a way to flee the site and any interaction with the police. Already present Partygoers were not informed of this happening in the tunnel and kept pouring in. There were no announcements and the event kept going to avoid mass hysteria.
However, panic began in the access tunnel where there were hundreds of thousands of people.

A stampede killed 19 people and injured over 500. 21 people are dead.

Love Parade organizer Rainer Schaller has confirmed that the long-running event will not run again, out of respect to the victims.

Authorities say criminal charges will be laid.

Our condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives.
******Hotline for concerned relatives: ++49  - (0) 203-94000**********

The Festival has been going on since 1989 in Germany.

Internationally, spin-off Love Parades have taken place in:

â–ª Sydney, Australia

â–ª Vienna, Austria

â–ª Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

â–ª Santiago, Chile

â–ª Leeds, England

â–ª Budapest, Hungary

â–ª Tel Aviv, Israel

â–ª Mexico City and Acapulco, Mexico

â–ª Oslo, Norway

â–ª Cape Town, South Africa

â–ª Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland

â–ª Caracas, Venezuela

â–ª Little Rock, Arkansas; and San Francisco, California, United State

by P.Herrington