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Sauerland knew of Love Parade planning chaos

DDP/The Local · 7 Aug 2010, 15:00

Published: 07 Aug 2010 15:00 GMT+02:00

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News magazine Der Spiegel reported that Sauerland received a copy of a site inspection report dated June 14 – six weeks before the event took place – saying that the site lacked both a safety plan and an adequate fire-safety plan.

The damaging accusation comes from a leaked 32-page interim report on the causes of the disaster, in which dozens of people were crushed near a tunnel leading to the main Love Parade ground.

The site inspection report was addressed to the event organizers, but according to a note, a copy also landed on Sauerland's desk.

The revelation puts further pressure on the mayor, who has consistently refused to consider resignation.

The news also comes one day after one of those responsible for crowd management at the Love Parade admitted making mistakes.

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"I should have been more insistent in pointing out the problems," psychologist Carsten Walter said in a recent interview.

Walter, among those responsible for regulating the crowds, said that hours before the deadly crush he had the feeling that something was going wrong, but that he did not have the power to close off the event grounds.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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12:44 August 7, 2010 by pepsionice
This guy is toast....sad to say. If the report came out a month ahead of time and the authority of the town did nothing....then there's no explanation for retaining any of them.

When you go and look at various fests held in Germany yearly....there's an enormous amount of planning toward safety and security. There's a police plan. There's the central tent for the ambulance team and medical staff to be located. There's crowd control and roving security teams to get folks safe.

I think this town was thinking the Love Parade was a free deal with lots of cash coming into the town for a weekend....and planning was something they'd never been into. They were probably capable of handling a 100k crowd on a given day at best....and that was probably the max they could ever handle.

Lessons learned? Maybe.
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