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South Korean parents bury children killed in Halloween disaster

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By Ju-min Park, Heekyong Yang and Jihoon Lee

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A tragic event caused by combining an imported foreign hyper-commercialized 'custom' promoted and encouraged by their vassal overlords, and by their police incompetence and corruption as the vast bulk of the officers on duty that night were asssigned to blocking a political demo against the rule of satrap's governor.

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Absolutely heartbreaking for the parents, families and friends of these tragic young people. They had most of their lives ahead of them and would have gone on to achieve so much. Rest in Peace.

an imported foreign hyper-commercialized 'custom' promoted and encouraged by their vassal overlords

Please just give it a rest with the "vassal overlords" for a while.

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Vassal overlords? So the Koreans shouldn’t celebrate Christmas either because their Christianity was imported from said overlords? Or Easter or St. Patrick’s Day? All holidays that are any fun are imported from somewhere. Halloween didn’t cause the tragedy; incompetence did and that was not imported.

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I am crying as I post this. Such an avoidable tragedy of epic proportion. Why is it South Korean parents have to suffer so much from government incompetence? The 250 high schools students died in the Sewol ferry that was totally avoidable, now this.

It seems to me, unless you're rich, your life is not worth saving in South Korea. There's an endless stream of tragedy that's just totally ignored in South Korea. In Seoul I see mobile protest vans and protest stations depicting pictures of young people who have endured injustice (some gruesomely so), so it must happen a lot. The flood recently also sent a lot of young South Koreans homeless. It just never ends.

All the past government seems to do is blame Japanese, or the victims (in the case of the flood victim in Seoul, they just ban the basin dwellings poor families were living in), or they just ignore the victims altogether.

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A tragic event caused by combining an imported foreign hyper-commercialized 'custom' promoted and encouraged by their vassal overlords,

Give it a rest already.

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An absolutely horrible way to lose your child.

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Give it a rest already.

Nicely said.

A very sad and horrific tragedy. So many young lives wasted. Rest in peace.

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This tragedy would not ! have ! taken ! place if ! the police had responded to calls for help during three ! hours !

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Sadness all around. May the Comforter be with all the families and friends.

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NO ACCOUNTABILITY is government's default position everywhere and at all times. This avoidable tragedy in Korea is one of many recent examples.

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The tragedy was easily foreseeable, and it could have been prevented even if the people that are responsible for the safety began acting in the hours before it became lethal just by listening to the multiple reports that things were getting dangerously out of control.

Are the people that choose not to do anything going to be held responsible for this?

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Crushing people in a crowd should be against the law.

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Everyone using Halloween as some kind of reason for the disaster, no one is there specifically for Halloween, people just like to party, meet new people and dress up. Halloween is just a good excuse to combine all those things, if it didn't exist something else would.

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Everyone talks about reactive measures instead of proactive measures. Whether it was a Halloween street party or a "totally foreign concept" the street has been there for years and with crowds. The questions is and remains what is the government going to do about the narrow street now. Yes, Halloween is a foreign concept for the older parents but why place the blame there? The only thing I see happening now is on Halloween there will be reminders about this tragedy and you will see more police out doing more crowd control, but I don't see anything foreseeable about the narrow streets where businesses are located. Nothing will happen the tragedy will not be forgotten. Halloween, will just be a ghostly reminder and the people will not participate if at all as before on that date because of the constant reminder.

For many parents, anger is seething with the grief. They wonder why their children were celebrating Halloween in the first place, a totally foreign concept for older Koreans. But the biggest question for many of those mourning their children is why no safety measures were enforced to control the crowd.

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Halloween is the biggest,non government holidays, American spend billion on Halloween junk from China, adult celebrate the most by drinking

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A very Sad situation.

I saw today, a video of a lone Police Officer begging people in Korean to not push down the side-street... there's something completely messed up here. I hope an investigation really determines what went wrong, and why, and identifies the idiots who pushed others down that street.

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The tragedy was easily foreseeable, and it could have been prevented even if the people that are responsible for the safety began acting in the hours before it became lethal just by listening to the multiple reports that things were getting dangerously out of control.

Obviously the tragedy was not foreseeable.

If officials in Korea did not foresee it, how would someone like you who doesn't reside in Korea, or Japan for that matter, be able to foresee it? And why didn't you tell anyone in advance? This event takes place in the same location every year, as you would know.

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Obviously the tragedy was not foreseeable.

Experts and people involved say it was

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221102-seoul-s-halloween-crush-predictable-preventable-analysts-say

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/01/how-do-crowd-crushes-happen-stampede-myth-what-happened-in-the-seoul-itaewon-halloween-crush

https://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20221101000649

What are the arguments you have to prove they are wrong? only your personal opinion?

If officials in Korea did not foresee it, how would someone like you who doesn't reside in Korea, or Japan for that matter, be able to foresee it?

So if you can't do surgery on a patient does that means it is impossible to do it? your argument makes no sense, there are professionals that deal in safety that can predict if an event has risks and part of the responsibility of authorities is to precisely do this to prevent what happened.

This event takes place in the same location every year, as you would know.

Location is not the only factor that intervenes for this kind of tragedies, the specific situation of the relaxation of measures is another one that is obvious, and a complete lack of crowd management (already acknowledged by the authorities) clearly contributes, that is not something that happened every year.

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