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19 dead in German music fest
Duisburg, Jul 25 (Agencies):
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Published on 25 Jul. 2010 11:15 PM IST
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Nineteen people died Saturday at a techno-music festival in the German city of Duisburg when crowds of people were crushed in a tunnel leading to the event grounds, police said.
A statement released by Duisburg police said that 10 people had been resuscitated and at least another 15 had been injured, when panic broke out as crowds pushed into the confined space.
The Love Parade, one of Europe’s largest electronic music events, originated in Berlin and has now been spun off in other cities worldwide.
WDR television said that 1.4 million people were attending the event in Duisburg. Rescue helicopters had landed on an adjacent motorway, and emergency workers were experiencing difficulty getting to the accident site, the station reported.
Partygoers continued the festivities, unaware of what had happened. Police were attempting to slowly move people away from the site without causing further panic, WDR reported.
The first Love Parade was held in 1989 as the Berlin Wall came down, and ran intermittently in the capital until 2006. Problems accommodating the huge number of ravers wanting to attend the event led to city authorities being no longer willing to host the party.

 
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