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Love Parade fatalities commemorated on first anniversary

July 24, 2011 - GERMANY

Twenty-one people died and more than 500 were injured one year ago on 24 Jul in a stampede in a Duisberg tunnel outside the techno music rave called the Love Parade. The anniversary will see memorials to the victims and calls for speedy settlement of claims against the organizers. The permanent cancellation of the 21-year-old event, which attracted some 1.5 million ravers each year -- is seen as another tragedy. Festival-goers from China, Australia, Italy and Holland were among the dead. Moments before the stampede, a huge crowd of some 500,000 festival-goers was making its way from Duisberg's main railway station through a 300-yard-long tunnel towards the festival site, which was already packed with more than one million festival-goers.

Twenty-one people died and more than 500 were injured one year ago on 24 Jul in a stampede in a Duisberg tunnel outside the techno music rave called the Love Parade. The anniversary will see memorials to the victims and calls for speedy settlement of claims against the organizers. The permanent cancellation of the 21-year-old event, which attracted some 1.5 million ravers each year -- is seen as another tragedy. Festival-goers from China, Australia, Italy and Holland were among the dead. Moments before the stampede, a huge crowd of some 500,000 festival-goers was making its way from Duisberg's main railway station through a 300-yard-long tunnel towards the festival site, which was already packed with more than one million festival-goers. Prosecutors opened an official inquiry into the cause after the accident, and compensation negotiations have been drawn out while the organizer's insurer and the city waited for the investigation results. The insurance company, Axa, would not reveal how much compensation it planned to pay to claimants, who were either injured in the crush or are relatives of those who died. Unofficially, the accident is attributed to confusion in Duisburg between police and organizers, which is said to have triggered a panicked stampede in the tunnel. Out of respect for the dead, the organizers, Lopavent, cancelled the Love Parade permanently. Axa has put aside 10 million euros (US $14 million) to cover all claims. Britain's Guardian newspaper described the event as a symbol of the optimism of a united Germany and the growing global reach of club culture. (WRITTEN Jun 2011) ;

Love Parade tragedy: 'I'll never forget the sight of all those twisted bodies' (Independent 26 Jul 2010)

The Love Parade ends in tragedy (Guardian 15 Jun 2011)

Compensation for victims of fatal crush at German Love Parade (M&C 20 May 2011)

Date written/update: 2011-07-24