Along with 500 injured and 25 still in the hospital, this years Love Parade you could say was a complete disaster. The details are still a little strange to me but here is some official news from Festival Pig
“According to the State Chief of Police, Dieter Wehe, the blame for the chain of mistakes by which 500 people were injured rests with the organizers. Initial mistakes were cited as:
1. The opening of the grounds 2 hours before earlier than expected leading to a block in the tunnel. Police found it difficult to control the crowds because of this early start.
2.There were fewer stewards than promised on the day.
3. stewards did not react to an order to close the access points to stop the influx of people.
4. A lack of loud speakers around the tunnel area made it very difficult for police to vocally combat the magnitude of the music and crowds.
Regarding the people who died on the 24th July it seems that as people tried to escape via a concrete set of steps, many were crushed against the railings and steps. This is the area where many people died. Fencing and debris on the ground caused people to trip up, resulting in a pile-on of people. The cause of death on the day was suffocation.
The Interior Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia said’ I find it outrageous that the organizers and the city of Duisburg have absolved themselves of responsibility before all the facts are known’.
Mayor of Duisburg Adolf Sauerland who gave the festival the go-ahead has received calls for his resignation but he has refused. Sauerland has also received death threats.”