Seoul Stampede: Testimonies Telling of Panic in South Korea’s Halloween Festival Tragedy

Relatives gathered at a community center in Seoul seeking information about their loved ones.

image source, Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

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Relatives gathered at a community center in Seoul seeking information about their loved ones.

Witnesses described scenes of utter panic and chaos as the narrow streets of Seoul’s popular Itaewon district were packed with people to the point that it was difficult to breathe and move.

“There were ten thousand people, the most I’ve ever seen… to the point where they crushed us on the pavementfreelance journalist Raphael Rashid told the BBC.

Thousands of teenagers and 20-somethings came in costume to Itaewon, a district in the heart of the capital known for its vibrant nightlife, excited to party after two years of covid restrictions in South Korea.

But video footage of what happened reflects the unfolding of the tragedy, which a witness compared to a war movie.

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