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Officials Take Responsibility For Deadly South Korea Crowd Surge

National police chief admits response to emergency calls not handled effectively

  • 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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