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Love parade founder Dr Motte blames new organisers for disaster

AFP/DDP/DPA/The Local · 25 Jul 2010, 11:06

Published: 25 Jul 2010 11:06 GMT+02:00

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“It is the fault of the organisers,” he told the Berliner Kurier newspaper Sunday edition.

“It is just about making money; the organisers did not show the slightest feeling of responsibility for the people.”

He said it was a scandal that there was only one entrance to the final party area where so many people were expected.

Police sealed off the tunnel to enable investigators to examine the scene while eyewitnesses told reporters what they had experienced inside it.

One raver who said he was called Alexis from Wuppertal said he was there.

“There were just too many fences,” he said. “Everywhere it was just far too narrow. Several girls collapsed because of the heat. Totally crazy.”

Taggart Bowen-Gaddy, a 20-year-old American from Philadelphia who is studying in Metz, France, said there were a few angry incidents in the tunnel as panic took root, but that generally people were trying to help each other.

Click here for photos of the Love Parade aftermath.

“A lot of people were very afraid. Some were crying, probably they were on drugs. Some guys got angry, protecting their girlfriends. But overall people wanted to help each other. Everyone just wanted to get out.”

Some people turned up at the tunnel on Sunday morning to lay flowers and light candles, while locals also weighed in with criticism of the organisers.

“I cannot understand such stupidity,” said Richard Hatenkerl, who lives nearby. “My brother was at the main event with his girlfriend. If the panic had broken out just five minutes before it did, he would probably be dead. Those responsible must face justice.”

Another Duisburg resident Britta Kordel said she had seen the mass of people heading for the disused rail depot from her flat.

“They were pushing and shoving from behind,” she said, adding that they should never have been allowed into the tunnel. “Even we as locals do not like going through that tunnel.”

It was no surprise to her that such a disaster happened. “All Duisburgers said it should not be allowed to take place here,” she said.

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Forlorn ravers were still to be found at Duisburg train station on Sunday morning, having slept there for a few hours after the party, while a few parents were seen walking around holding photos of their children, trying to locate them.

Politicians expressed their shock and sorrow at the disaster, with Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Christian Wulff and North Rhine-Westphalia state premier Hannelore Kraft all making statements.

“Our horror at the terrible accident at the Love Parade in Duisburg has left us dumfounded,” said Kraft.

The young people had come to Duisburg to celebrate, but instead there was death and injury, said Merkel. “My sympathy and sorrow is with them,” she said.

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Your comments about this article

11:41 July 25, 2010 by claudegaveau
If it hadn't been about money, the love parade would never have left Berlin and this wouldn't have happened.
13:07 July 25, 2010 by Jazzineva
The more I listen to the reports on this tragedy and how it came about, the angrier I get. From the very beginning in picking this site which normally only holds 250,000 and the Love Parade regularly draws a million or more, all the planners were idiotic. It was an accident begging to happen and the warnings that came days earlier and hours earlier were blatantly ignored. I hope the planners and officials pay up big time.
13:07 July 25, 2010 by iche
DR. Motte has allot of Nerve.

HE, is the reason why the love parade is no longer in Berlin

He turned it from a demonstration, into a big money spinner. And would not give any money back to the city for the damages he did to the Tier Garten.

Even after he recieved BIG money from Sponsors like Marlboro and Coca Cola.

So the DJs and many other rebelled heavily against him.

He was basically thrown out of Berlin by all of those against it.

He has some big nuts making comments like he does.
14:43 July 25, 2010 by Annika669
A tragedy, indeed, that could have been avoided - why not listen to the professionals when it comes to security? Everyone who went there wanted to be part of the Love Parade - what did an entrance ticket cost? Seems to me, the fee was too low to grant a secure event... there might be other economical aspects, as mentioned in the article. Shame!
14:52 July 25, 2010 by MonkeyMania
Agree with iche. Dr. Motte can take a portion of the blame for this. It was his greed that led it to unsafe locations and into the hands of money mongers. If he had been true to his own doctrine of what the spirit of the love parade was, he would have cooperated with the city of Berlin and helped finance keeping the love parade at home where it belonged and in safe hands.
20:55 July 25, 2010 by dandmb50
What were they thinking, one entrance for all those people and no exit anywhere? Very sad, and people must die and miss out on future concerts because of bad organization. Very sad and those responsible for the tragedy must be put in jail.

Daniel .. Toronto, CANADA
00:49 July 26, 2010 by whatzup
A dubious event comes to a bad end. Hopefully the bereaved families will recover handsomely from the city and/or its insurers.
02:23 July 26, 2010 by Prufrock2010
The city of Duisberg's liability seems clear, if this report is to be believed.

So much for trying to reinvent Woodstock in a city that can't handle crowds.
07:04 July 26, 2010 by derExDeutsche
this is just one of those things that happens. nobody meant for this. I don't think a Witch Hunt is in order. No AMOUNT is going to bring anybody back. Lets plan 'Woodstock' better the next time.

like sigur ros said

inní mér syngur vitleysingur
09:21 July 26, 2010 by freechoice
How could people seeking 'Love' ended up as a disaster??

Did they seek the right Love?
10:08 July 26, 2010 by whatzup
I wonder what percentage of the folks attending this fiasco were high on something. Being debilitated doesn't help people cope in times of crisis.
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