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German stampede survivors speak of ordeal "indescribable"

07-27-2010 08:51 BJT Special Report:Love Parade festival ends after stampede killing |

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Survivors have been speaking about a deadly stampede at the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg, Germany, which left 19 people dead. They spoke of their ordeal, saying the scenes they witnessed were "indescribable."

Patricia Otto, stampede survivor, said, "People were climbing up the walls with their bare hands. That says it all. Those responsible, who were not opening the fences - I don't understand them. You cannot simply confine people, and if panic breaks out, panic breaks out. They should have removed the fences much earlier."

Tobias Solga, stampede survivor, said, "There were more and more people, more and more people were let inside. I thought 'it can't be true, it's impossible'. I kept screaming for people to move backwards. And I also shouted upwards, to the police up there, that they should use a megaphone. But nothing happened. It became worse and worse, there was more pushing, and I fell to the ground and I could barely bear it. I thought I would die."

Up to 1.4 million people are said to have shown up at the event, although police estimate the figure to be lower. The tragedy has left 511 people injured - one of whom is still in a life-threatening condition. Although the precise details remain unclear, it appears that people tried to escape the surging crowd by climbing up a metal stairway in front of the tunnel.

Some of them fell into the crowd and were trampled or crushed. The union representing German police has blamed organizers and officials in Duisburg for the incident. Organizers say that the Love Parade festival will not be held again.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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