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A stampede at the music festival killed 21 people and injured over 650 others.

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ANDREAS LAUN, an Austrian bishop, has described the Love Parade festival – and participation in it – as “a rebellion against creation and against God’s order, (which) are sins and an invitation to sin”.

The annual German music event was moved the city of Duisberg, near Dusseldorf. About 1.5 million people were believed to have attended the festival.

Poor planning has been blamed for a crowd crush inside the tunnel, which was the entrance to the event. It resulted in 21 people being killed and at least 500 others injured.

The festival was permanently cancelled in response to the tragedy.

Last week, Laun wrote on a Catholic blog: “Love Parade equals sin equals misfortune equals punishment by God”.

Laun’s comments have drawn outrage from the families of victims and from survivors – and highlighted another point of disconnect between the Catholic church and laypeople, some have said.

His comments about the Love Parade come just after controversial comments made by another Austrian priest, Gerhard Maria Wagner, who labelled Haiti’s devastating earthquake as “God’s punishment of human sin”. Wagner implied that god had punished the country with a natural disaster because “nine in ten people living there believe in voodoo”.

ANOTHER PERSON has died from injuries sustained in the Love Parade festival crush last weekend, bringing the death toll to 21. The 25-year-old woman died overnight after being injured in the stampede.

Thousands of people were involved in a crush at an entrance tunnel to the techno music festival on Saturday. Police had previously warned organisers that the venue was unsuitable for the level of crowds expected to attend the annual event.

More than 500 people were injured.

The festival’s organisers have posted a huge notice in Duisburg which reads: ”We are deeply distressed. We mourn with family members and our thoughts are with those who are currently under medical care. Since July 24 nothing remains at it was.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel will return from her summer break to attend a special memorial service in Duisburg this Saturday. She has already called for an intensive investigation into the tragedy.

The mayor of Duisburg, who has been heavily criticised in the wake of the disaster, has already said he will not attend the memorial. He said he didn’t want to provoke the families and victims with his presence.

THE DEATH TOLL from Saturday’s stampede at a German music festival has risen to 20. A 21-year-old German woman died today in hospital from her injuries.

Twelve of the victims were German. The other eight came from Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Bosnia and Spain. The festival was created in 1989 as a demonstration for peace through love and music.

Over 500 people are believed to have been injured during the stampede at the Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany. Survivors said that the site was too small for the huge crowds which annually show up to the festival.

The exact circumstances which caused the stampede are not clear. Police investigating the deaths have seized files from the organisers and are examining the security plans for the event.

Spiegel Online says it has documents which show that the site was only approved for 250,000 – just a fraction of the 1.4 million that were reported to have turned out.

The organiser, who could face charges of negligent homicide, has said that there will be no more  Love Parade festivals as a mark of respect for the victims and their families.

This footage shows rescue efforts being made by emergency services at the scene:

NINETEEN PEOPLE are now confirmed to have died, and 340 injured, after a massive stampede at a massive techno music festival in Germany.

Survivors of the horror – at the entrance of the world-famous and free-to-enter Love Parade festival, held this year in Duisberg, said they had warned the police of overcrowding and criticised the decision of local authorities to have just one entrance.

Such was the scale of the injuries that the festival’s organiser has declared there will be no more Love Parades in future, as a mark of respect to those who had died.

Rainer Schiller said the Parade “has always been a joyful and peaceful party, but in future would always be overshadowed by yesterday’s events.

“Out of respect for the victims, their families and friends, we are going to discontinue the event in the future, and that means the end of the Love Parade.”

Police chiefs later said they had warned city authorities a year ago that Duisberg was not an appropriate venue for an event of such a size.

Earlier, amateur footage shot with a mobile phone camera emerged on YouTube and showed the carnage in the aftermath of the ‘mass panic’.


City mayor Adolf Sauerland has ordered a full inquiry into the cause of the stampede.

GERMAN POLICE have said at least 10 festivalgoers have been killed following what they described as a “mass panic” stampede at the annual Love Parade techno music festival at Duisberg, near Dusseldorf.

At least 15 more have been critically injured, after a massive stampede broke out after local authorities tried to stop a crowd of several thousand people from entering an already-crowded area at the festival.

A further 10 are reported to have needed resuscitation, while another 40 are being treated for minor injuries.

German news agency DAPD says the victims were crushed and that emergency workers had trouble getting through to them.

Organisers believe that up to 1.4 million people have travelled to the city for this year’s festival.

The Love Parade festival is usually known as being relatively peaceful for an event of its size, with relatively few arrests for the number of people attending. It is known for being exceptionally crowded, however, with crushing a moderately frequent occurance.

Update: 19 people are now confirmed to have been killed. Read more