Posted by Sophie-Ha Monday, October 31, 2022

Investigation to find the cause for the Itaewon tragedy reveals some people in the crowd were shouting "Push, Push"


The Itaewon tragedy has caused devastation to South Korea and sadness globally as the death count is reaching 154.

It has been two and a half days since the tragedy, and the South Korean government has begun investigating the cause of the horrific accident.

The police were able to obtain surveillance footage and other videos on social media showing the scene of the accident, revealing the crowd in the back pushing forward.

Additionally, there are suspicions that there was a group of people who initiated the push. One social media video shows one individual raising his hand over his head and signaling the crowd to push forward. Shortly after, the crowd is seen pushing forward as a group.

In another video, the crowd is also shouting as a group, "Let's go out" and "Move down.One witness explained to the news media outlet, "I don't know who started it, but everyone started pushing and shouting 'Push, push.' They started pushing forward all together."

On various online communities, the people who were at the scene of the incident gave a similar account explaining, "I heard people screaming 'Push, push' and then suddenly a group of guys pushed all at the same time," and "there was a group of 5 to 6 people who kept pushing people full strength and passing by here and there."

The police immediately started an investigation after the incident area was cleared to find the cause of the incident. They have collected surveillance footage from nearby stores and streets along with videos from social media to reconstruct the scene.

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MinLetrbl860 pts Monday, October 31, 2022 34
Monday, October 31, 2022

Unfortunately you can not expect everyone in such a big crowd of people (especially people who are out to party/drink probably) to completely behave as they should. Had authorities been there as well as several ambulance, with some decent crowd control, it could have been avoided. It's so obvious that they're trying to project the publics anger on individuals rather than authorities.

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crystalwildfire9,375 pts Monday, October 31, 2022 2
Monday, October 31, 2022

I see some are trying to give a pass to those who pushed/shoved or shouted push. Disgusting, there in *NO* reason to push or shove other people on purpose I don't care how backed up it is .. especially in a crowd this large where there are many petite people and kids that could get pushed over. I doubt they knew what would happen though. As for the govt they couldn't know this would occur either .. do you all think they thought it would happen and just did nothing? No way in ##$# would they do nothing if they knew. It is an unfortunate accident and has similar has occurred at other places as well (even in US). Unfortunately people also understandably panic which exacerbates the issue. The only thing would be to take this as a learning lesson and work to have an escalation crowd control plan in place. In the end there is no one thing to blame it on .. it was a compound of errors that all contributed to this.

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