"We had to obey his orders." The accusation is the latest in a series of allegations made by those involved in the event.
Lopavent has insisted that the police made crucial errors as crowds swelled throughout the afternoon; both the city and the police have accused the event organizers of insufficient crowd control personnel; and the city has been blasted for signing off on an event concept which included a single tunnel and ramp that was to serve as both the entrance and exit to a party expected to attract a half-million visitors.
According to information obtained from the ongoing investigation by SPIEGEL, several security personnel contracted by Love Parade organizer Lopavent have testified that a police officer issued an order that may have directly contributed to the tragedy.They say the officer ordered the opening of an access control facility outside the west entrance to the tunnel leading to the site -- despite event organizers having requested that the facility remain closed."The officer did not acquiesce to our objections that (should the facility be opened), a backup inside the entrance tunnel could result," one of the security workers said.Did a single police order result in the deaths of 21 people at last summer's Love Parade?According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, several security personnel have accused an officer of demanding that a crowd control facility be opened.