Germany event tragedy

This item appears on page 78 of the October 2010 issue.

Nineteen people died and more than 300 were injured on July 24 in Duisberg, Germany, when a crush of people panicked during the annual Love Parade.

Billed as the world’s largest techno music party, the Love Parade was first held in 1989. With about a million people attending this year, officials closed off one end of an access tunnel to the site to avoid overcrowding. The press of thousands of people entering the tunnel was not diverted, however, and a stampede resulted. The festival will not be held again.