Love Parade Tragedy in Germany, 24 July 2010

Love Parade 2010 was marked by a horrible tragedy in Duisburg, Germany – 21 victims were killed on the 24th of July, during the a crush in a tunnel during the musical event and more than 500 people were injured. Because of the unexpected high number of participants, a crush was made outside an access tunnel. A 25-year-old woman died from injuries suffered four days earlier in the stampede at the Love Parade on Saturday, when hordes of young people pushed through a tunnel into the techno festival area at a former freight rail yard in Duisburg. More precisely, the victims suffered from chest contusion, after having been crushed. The head of the Rhineland Lutheran church assembly, said in his opening sermon, that ‘The Love Parade was danced to death’.

Love Parade 24 July 2010
Love Parade 24 July 2010
The ceremony gathered hundreds of people on a stadium in Duisburg to watch the live transmission of a memorial service for the victims of Love Parade 2010. On the following days after the tragical event that took place in Duisburg, Germany, many people lit candles, left notes and placed flowers at the site of the tragedy. More than 550 seats were reserved for those attending the ceremony at the Salvatorkirche, the city’s main protestant church. Many lined up to sign a condolence book placed between two red candles in the middle of the tunnel. In the afternoon, a few hundred mourners marched from the city’s train station to the direction of the tunnel. They were holding white balloons, but were not allowed to enter the tunnel, which had been blocked by police out of security concerns.
Death of 21 People at Love Parade 2010 in Germany
Death of 21 People at Love Parade 2010 in Germany


The victims were commemorated one week later, on 31st of July, where high officials of Germany, including Angela Merkel attended the ceremony. The mayor, Adolf Sauerland, did not attend the ceremony because of the anger citizens had against, who also sent him death threats and who is held responsible for everything that happened there. An investigation was started in order to find out who was to blame for this unfortunate event. It is highly claimed that one entrace venue for an expected crowd of over 1 million was a completely wrong choice.
Germany, Duisburg Ceremony, 2010
Germany, Duisburg Ceremony, 2010


Love Parade 2010 Tragedy
Love Parade 2010 Tragedy

Love Parade 2010, Duisburg Tunnel Where 21 Prople Were Killed
Love Parade 2010, Duisburg Tunnel Where 21 Prople Were Killed

Love Parade Fans Stucked in The Tunnel During The Event in 2010, July 24
Love Parade Fans Stucked in The Tunnel During The Event in 2010, July 24

Love Parade Tragedy
Love Parade Tragedy

Religious Ceremony of Burial - Love Parade Tragedy 2010
Religious Ceremony of Burial – Love Parade Tragedy 2010


State Officials at the Burial Ceremony of Love Parade Victims
State Officials at the Burial Ceremony of Love Parade Victims

Tunnel Crammed with People at Love Parade 2010, Germany, Duisburg
Tunnel Crammed with People at Love Parade 2010, Germany, Duisburg

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