The Shanghai Expo is under way in China, and one of the special guests to the event was none other than Korean pop idol group Super Junior. Well, it looks like the guards in Shanghai weren’t nearly as ready as they thought they were for the onslaught of SuJu fans that gathered to see the group perform!
At the morning of the event, it was reported that several thousand people were already lined up to get a ticket into the show. Unfortunately, only 5000 tickets were available, many of which were reserved for South Koreans that traveled to China to attend the event. When the crowd got word that the tickets were all accounted for, chaos broke out, and the security personnel did their best to disperse the raging mob.
Many reports have come in from various news sources, and I have sifted through a good number of them. From what I can tell, there are wide discrepancies on the actual repercussions of the incident, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that hundreds of people were injured due to people being run over by the mob. Also, several sources report a death that occurred when a girl was pushed against a second-floor railing by the mob; the rail broke and she fell to the ground.
Here’s a video report from Apple Daily News in Hong Kong:
(TRANSLATION [my Cantonese is rusty, so this is by ochre from omonatheydidnt]: Fans got violent and upset to the ticket handlers and staff after the tickets were all handed out. By 9 in the morning there were thousands hanging around at the area. The second floor railing, due to the amount of pushing of shoving, broke and a girl fell off and died. A stampede broke out and hundreds of people were hurt and injured. Thousands of police and tens ambulances were called in. The concert is canceled but the Shanghai Expo organizers did not reveal why. They did not imagine that a concert would result in such a tragedy.)
Jeez. This is some pretty serious stuff here! If there are no tickets left then GO HOME!