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Witnesses And Survivors Point To “Forceful Pushing” As The Cause of The Crowd Surge In Itaewon

Following the tragic news of the gang surge in Itaewon—killing 151 individuals who visited the world to have fun Halloween, a number of witnesses and survivors from the scene have identified a single “cause” of the incident: Pushing.

The Itaewon alley, the place the gang surge passed off.

While the Yongsan Fire Station and the Yongsan Police Department have talked about in press briefings that the investigations are nonetheless ongoing to substantiate the primary explanation for the incident, on-line accounts from a number of the witnesses and survivors who had been on the scene at the moment are suggesting that there have been “people pushing on purpose,” resulting in the mass casualty.

In a collection of Instagram tales, YouTuber Seon Yeo Jung recalled the evening of the incident. Explaining how she had been amid the gang making an attempt to maneuver down the alley the place the surge passed off, Seon wrote that it wasn’t straightforward to maneuver—although, at first, “There was some order with people following the right-hand traffic.”

Picture taken moments earlier than the gang surge. | TeamBlind

A map of the world indicating the instructions that the gang was transferring across the alley. | Google Maps

I’ve this footage as a result of on the time, I used to be taking pictures a vlog. This was when there was some order with folks following the right-hand visitors. Things hadn’t escalated but, but it surely was nonetheless extraordinarily troublesome for me to even take a step ahead.

— Seon Yeo Jung

According to Seon, it turned chaotic within the blink of a watch, particularly as folks on the high of the alley began shouting and pushing.

Behind me, folks had been shouting issues like ‘Push! We’re stronger! We can win this, haha!’ and commenced pushing. Some of us had been making an attempt to get the gang to comply with the right-hand visitors once more, but it surely was no use. I used to be actually being pushed and shoved round towards my will.

Then, unexpectedly, chaos ensued and everybody began pushing forwards and backwards aggressively—like a tug of battle. It didn’t take too lengthy earlier than I began feeling the sheer power of the folks pushing. My imaginative and prescient began fading.

My pal, who was there with me, is stronger than I’m. So they held on to me and helped me stand up to the power. Had I not been with my pal, I might’ve completely fallen.

— Seon Yeo Jung

A Twitter consumer @jkaesthet1c additionally recalled her expertise being trapped within the alley.

I virtually died in the present day. There was a crowd surge. I can clarify what occurred as a result of I used to be there getting crushed, too. People on the high of the steep membership alley in Itaewon began pushing. Everyone was making an attempt to maintain a right-hand visitors at first. But with time, everybody was principally going through one another, making an attempt to maneuver in each route. When folks on the high began pushing, folks on the backside began falling like dominos.

Some folks, who had been out by the patios of the buildings close by, had been taking movies and laughing. It appeared like folks on the high didn’t notice folks on the backside had fallen. They stored pushing. I wasn’t on the very backside—I as caught in entrance of some bar known as Waikiki or no matter (nearer to the highest of the alley heading down).

— @jkaesthet1c/Twitter

@jkaesthet1c, who had gotten “Stuck in front of some bar called Waikiki,” defined the gang on the high of the alley didn’t appear to know that the gang on the backside of the alley was getting crushed and stored pushing—worsening the state of affairs.

| @jkaesthet1c/Twitter

In interviews with the Korean press that confirmed up on the scene to cowl the incident, extra witnesses and survivors made claims that there was “Aggressive pushing.”

A 31-year-old survivor, Jeon, instructed Chosun that they had been “Walking along the alley behind Hamilton Hotel when someone pushed [them] out of the blue.” According to Jeon’s understanding of what occurred, folks ended up getting crushed whereas making an attempt to resist the power of the push.

Another survivor, 20-year-old Choi, additionally instructed Chosun that “People could be heard chanting ‘One! Two!’ while pushing.” Choi said that, with all different roads out of the world additionally full of the gang, there was no room—and other people stayed “piled on top of each other” for some time.

First responders on the scene of the gang surge, making an attempt to assist the victims being crushed. 

Following the a number of experiences on the chilling accounts from the witnesses and survivors, Koreans have taken to social media platforms and on-line communities to precise outrage towards the gang that initiated the pushing. Some are demanding that these “instigators” be recognized by way of footage from the surveillance cameras surrounding the world and held answerable for the “mass murder.”

| theqoo

  • “Some of the people interviewed on the news also said they heard people go ‘Push! Push!’ too.”
  • “I want the people who instigated the pushing to get caught and be held responsible.”
  • “This warrants an arrest. This is terrifying.”
  • “Wouldn’t there be footage from the surveillance cameras around the area? I don’t think it’ll be difficult to find the instigators if, indeed, a group initiated the pushing.”
  • “The instigators should be held responsible for involuntary manslaughter, if they can be tracked down. They may not have set out on killing people, but they pushed knowing well that people could die. I mean, it is absolute common sense for people to not push others down a slope because it can lead to serious injuries.”
  • “I bet the said instigators fled the scene ASAP. But they know in their hearts what they did and what they caused. If only they could rot in jail!”
  • “But why? Why would anyone start pushing? Like, seriously?”

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