Maybe 19 trampled to death weren’t enough? What about 110? Five hundred?
I was so sickened by the spectacle last night unfolding on our screens.
One one side, a stampede resulting in the deaths of 19 people, with injuries to hundreds of others. Here’s what it looked like in the aftermath inside the tunnel:
On the other side while that video was being shot, sealed off by a wall of techno-sound only a few metres away from the frantic efforts of rescue workers to remove the dead, revive the unconscious and care for the injured, the party went on.
It went on for hours until way past nightfall. The lights, the sound, the dancing.
Smiling faces carrying on as if nothing at all was amiss.
I don’t buy the excuse that they were afraid there would be another panic if they put an early end to the party.
Hours before the music ended around 11pm, the fences and gates that had channelled everyone through this one tunnel and sealing off all other exits, thereby creating the perfect conditions for a deadly crush of people, had long since been removed. As soon as the exits were open, they should have stopped the concert.
They’re also throwing up the excuse that cellphone networks were down, so those partying on had no way of receiving calls from friends or loved ones.
In fact, they had every way of knowing, but the organisers simply chose not to tell them.
I don’t know what disgusts me more, the scenes of carnage, or the complete insensitivity of those who let the party go on for so long.