Officials Take Responsibility For Deadly South Korea Crowd Surge

National police chief admits response to emergency calls not handled effectively
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 01: People pay tribute to the victims of the Halloween celebration stampede, on the street near the scene on November 01, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. One hundred and fifty-one people have been reported killed and at least 150 others were injured in a deadly stampede on October 29 in Seoul's Itaewon district, after huge crowds of people gathered for Halloween parties, according to fire authorities. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • On Tuesday, South Korean officials took responsibility for failing to prevent and respond to the recent Halloween crowd surge.
  • The tragedy in Seoul’s Itaewon district killed more than 150 people.
  • An initial investigation found that numerous calls were made to police from citizens warning about the potential danger of the crowd gathering, which the national police chief now admits were not handled effectively by officers.
  • President Yoon Suk Yeol also recognized during a Cabinet council meeting that South Korea lacks research on crowd management.

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