Authorities deplore dangerous actions that could have turned tragic when certain attendees of this weekend’s Metro Metro Festival climbed the Olympic Stadium or prompted crowds to enter concerts without paying.
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“Of course, we strongly condemn this type of behavior, which is not only illegal but can also be very dangerous,” says Cédric Essiminy, spokesman for the Olympic Park.
The latter was reacting to videos, which went viral over the weekend, filmed at the Metro Metro hip-hop music festival. In certain sequences, we see festival-goers going straight to the stadium to sneak into the event, which took place on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park.
“We have over 160 cameras scattered around our premises that are active 24/7. Every burglary is filmed and listed. Almost 250 security guards were on site during the festival. An autopsy of the event will be conducted this week,” assures Mr. Essiminy.
Avoided the worst
In other images posted to the Instagram platform, we see excited participants tearing down a gate held down by security guards hired by the festival.
A movement of the crowd then throws young people to the ground while others run towards the place where you can attend concerts.
“Travis Scott! Travis Scott! Travis Scott! Yes, Gang shit!” roars the man filming this overflow scene. The latter here refers to the movement of the crowd during a Travis Scott show filmed in the United States.
Transferred to an emergency
Urgences-Santé spokesman Sébastien Coulombe also told the Journal that six people who attended the festival had to be taken to the emergency room this weekend. “Unfortunately, I don’t know the type of intervention,” he says.
For its part, the Montreal Police Service (SPVM) confirms that it has arrested at least five festival-goers.
The mayor responds
Contacted on this subject, the mayor’s office, Valérie Plante, reiterates that it regrets these surpluses.
“The City of Montreal has asked the organizer and the administration of the Olympic Park to provide an emergency plan in case of overcrowding before accepting the holding of the event, which has been done in good and orderly manner, as they are responsible for ensuring maintenance and safety on their premises,” the cabinet mentions.
“We will be in touch with the organizers to determine what could be taken to avoid this type of overflow. [à l’avenir]”, We add.
Metro Festival’s director of media relations, Philip Vanden Brande, was sparing with comments.
“Every security-related event is then evaluated and the images analyzed in their overall context. Know that we take every event very seriously and everyone’s safety is our priority,” he wrote in a short email to the protocol.