At least nine people have died and another 20 have been injured in the early hours of this Thursday, September 15, after a human stampede occurred at the end of a concert in Xela for the celebrations of national independence in western Mexico. Guatemalaas reported by the emergency services.
“The Guatemalan Red Cross and the Volunteer Firefighters stabilized more than 20 injured people. Nine died on the spot” after a “human stampede” in a “massive event” in the city of Quetzaltenango, some 200 kilometers west of Guatemala City, the relief entity said on Twitter.
Twenty people suffered blows and possible fractures, who were transferred to the Western Regional Hospital, nine more people died after a human stampede at the exit of a concert in the field of the Quetzaltenango fair. pic.twitter.com/GkRODoTqBF
— Volunteer Firefighters (@BVoluntariosGT) September 15, 2022
The local press has reported that the victims they died crushed at the time when thousands of people tried to leave the area at the end of a concert. The mishap occurred on an open-air esplanade during the Xelafer, a traditional event in Quetzaltenango for the national holidays.
Guatemala resumed the massive festivities to celebrate the Independence Dayafter two years of suspension due to the pandemic of COVID-19. For its part, the company organizing the event, Calavera Producciones, has collaborated with the authorities in the investigations of the case: “We express our total willingness to collaborate with the relevant authorities in the corresponding investigations in the face of such an unfortunate event,” they have indicated.
Juan Fernando López, mayor of Quetzaltenangohas declared that, after the tragedy in Xela, it has been decided to suspend the concerts that had been organized by the municipality, although no mourning will be declared in the region so as not to affect other activities for which citizens have prepared. “We cannot come and ruin the work of the parents who bought uniforms for their children with great effort and have waited for this day,” said Fernando López.