“Looking back, it is actually a logical consequence and maybe also easy to recognize, that an event like this would eventually fall into the hands of people who see “celebrating, dancing and having fun together” not as the main reason to host a Love Parade,” Chris suggested in a statement distributed by his publicists.
“This would actually still be tolerable, as long as human life would not be endangered, but what happened here is beyond anything one would have ever imagined.”
“It is absolutely appalling and shocking that the responsible organizers of the Love Parade and the city council in Duisburg have misused the “Techno Movement” with those fatal results,” he continued. “In their striving for image and profit, they have disregarded all measures of control and security and put people who really just wanted to celebrate, dance and have fun together in a situation in which 21 innocent persons had to die and countless have been injured and traumatized,” he said.
The hugely popular DJ headlined many of the original pre-commercial Love Parade parties in Berlin in the 90s and called on DJs to think twice about playing for over commercially minded promoters and event organizers in the future.
“New laws and rules won’t really help. We have seen that we can’t even trust those who should make sure that those rules are getting observed,” said Chris.
To really change something, we have to start with ourselves. We as DJs, we have to be even more sure about the “Who” we are playing for and the “Where” we are playing at,” he suggested.
“The more alert we are as we go through life, the more conscious we can be to make choices between good and bad products, services, events or other things. Like this we minimize the scope of action for cold-blooded profiteers." (Chris’ statement in full: http://tinyurl.com/33hnvn6 )
Politicians including German President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a memorial service for the victims at a church in Duisberg last weekend at which religious dignitary Nikolaus Schneider from the Lutherian church criticized the circumstances behind the accident.
"The Love Parade was like a dance of death,” he said in his sermon, "In the middle of a celebration of the lust for life, death showed its ugly face to all of us.” (BBC)
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