It was Homicide according to International Nightlife Association at Club Lanterna Azzura Disco, Italy

We ask the Italian authorities to start a full investigation into the facts, find out who sprayed the pepper spray and if the club has any responsibility for the deaths. According to the Corinaldo Tourism Board, this small Italian town is placed in the beautiful Marche countryside, Corinaldo is the perfect base for your exploration of everything this region has to offer. Many routes and itineraries will guide you up and down the hills to discover fabulous hidden treasures

It was Homicide according to International Nightlife Association at Club Lanterna Azzura Disco, Italy

According to the Corinaldo Tourism Board, this small Italian town is placed in the beautiful Marche countryside, Corinaldo is the perfect base for your exploration of everything this region has to offer. Many routes and itineraries will guide you up and down the hills to discover fabulous hidden treasures.

Last night this beautiful sleepy city became a city of death when hundreds of local and visiting teenagers were enjoying a concert at Lanterna Azzura club,  a popular local disco.

On behalf of the International Nightlife Association, we strongly condemn the incident that took place at Club Lanterna Azzura (Italy) where 6 people were killed. At the same time, we express our heartfelt condolences to the Italian people and to the families and friends of the victims in this tragic moment as they seek to recover from this deeply disturbing tragedy. We also give all our support to our Association member in Italy (Italian Nightlife Association -SILB-) and all its members. Our Secretary General has already sent his condolences to Silb’s president Mr Maurizio Pasca.

A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded Italian disco killed five teenagers early Saturday along with a woman who had brought her young daughter to the event, authorities said. Fifty-three people were reported injured, including 13 in very serious condition.

The dead teenagers’ ages ranged from 14 to 16 and the mother who was killed was 39, said Col. Cristian Carrozza, commander of the Ancona province Carabinieri paramilitary police. The dead woman had accompanied her eight-year-old daughter to the concert and was the mother of four children, Italian daily Il Messaggero reported.

As we have been informed, six people were killed and 120 clubgoers injured in a stampede and as it seems the panic that triggered the stampede during the concert, was caused by someone using pepper-sprayed covered with a hood, so in our opinion, 6 homicides have been committed. A spray can, as we have been told, has already found. The incident took place around 1 am local time at the popular Lanterna Azzura club in the town of Corinaldo in the eastern Ancona Province. More than 1,000 people showed up to see Sfera Ebbasta, one of the nation’s most famous young hip-hop artists.


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We ask the Italian authorities to start a full investigation into the facts, find out who sprayed the pepper spray and if the club has any responsibility for the deaths. As it seems the club was overcrowded and the club bouncers told some young that were heading towards the emergency doors to go back inside. Another emergency escape door was opened but the two iron side barriers on the walkway apparently were “too narrow and people started falling over each other,” as the local police chief, Oreste Capocasa said.

Joaquim Boadas de Quintana, secretary general of the International Nightlife Association will propose Italian Nightlife Association (Silb) president, Mr Maurizio Pasca, to join forces against the culprits responsible for this tragedy and also taking criminal actions against them. As he stated “the responsibility for these innocent people deaths has to pay for them. Our organization is very committed to the safety and we are all the time investing more and more in safety measures, international distinctions, and many other things and so we cannot let anyone damage our sector’s image for free. A full investigation needs to be taken against anyone who may be responsible for this tragedy. Furthermore, more awareness raising campaigns should be run with governments support, as it seems, there are people who don’t know the limits of fun”.

Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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