Sunday, 26 October 2008

Gothenburg, 10 years on

A privately organised party-disco at the Macedonian Club in Gothenburg, changed hundreds of lives on this fatal night 10 years ago. The Club, built for 150 people, held close to 400 teens between the ages of 12 and 20. The party was well underway when an Iranian gang arrived about 10pm, causing fights and generally stirring things up before exiting via the back door. On their way out they lit a fire in the stairwell which quickly engulfed the building, killing 63 young ones and seriously injuring countless others.

Panic spread through there like a tidal wave, bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

Most of the 400 young people, aged between 12 and 20, attending the party were immigrants and more than half of them were Muslim.

More scenes are available here.

Countelss news articles were written in English:
BBC, Firehouse
And many have analysed the incident from a fire-safety perspective.

One of Sweden's biggest tragedies.
May they Rest In Peace.

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