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    Post Another Nightclub Tragedy...Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - A fire roared through a crowded
    Buenos Aires nightclub during a rock concert, killing at least 88
    people and injuring more than 265 as young concert-goers scrambled
    for the exits, officials said Friday.
    The blaze broke out late Thursday and the building quickly
    filled with smoke, setting off a stampede for the emergency exits,
    witnesses said. An Argentine rock band was playing.
    "People were pushing and jumping over each other trying to get
    out," one concert-goer, Jose Maria Godoy told The Associated
    Press. "It was like a human wave. As people fell down running for
    the door, others just simply ran over them or pushed them down."
    Television images showed the bodies of some youngsters curled up
    on the sidewalk as bystanders and concert-goers carried people out
    of the smoldering building.
    Hundreds of bystanders anrelatives stood outside the building
    as rescue workers carried some of the wounded away on stretchers.
    Others could be seen treating the injured on the street in front of
    the Republica de la Crogmanon disco in the Argentine capital, which
    is popular with teenagers.
    Buenos Aires Mayor Anibal Ibarra told reporters it wasn't
    immediately clear what caused the fire but said that 88 people had
    been killed and 267 injured.
    An unidentified youngster told the TodoNoticias television
    network that the heavy smoke quickly filled up the concert hall.
    "We could barely see there was so much smoke," he said.
    "People were kicking the doors down trying to get out."
    Argentine media reported as many 1,500 people were believed to
    have been in the building at the time, with some saying the amount
    could be almost twice as much.

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    Oh no, not again

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    Death toll in Buenos Aires club fire rises to 133
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Dec 31 (Reuters) - The death toll
    from a fire in a crowded nightclub in central Buenos Aires rose
    to 133, police said on Friday.
    More than 360 people were being treated for injuries in 14
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    Alfredo Stern, an official in the Buenos Aires health
    department, told reporters at least 149 had been killed and more
    than 300 people injured.
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    169 people dead and 375 injured
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    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - A fire swept through a crowded
    Buenos Aires nightclub during a rock concert, killing at least 174
    people and injuring more than 410 as young concert-goers scrambled
    for the exits, officials said Friday.
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    .......The blaze, which officials called one of Argentina's worst
    disasters, may have claimed more victims because four of the
    club's six doors were tied shut with wire,
    according to
    Interior Minister Anibal Fernandez.
    "It appears they were condemned to walk into a trap,"
    Fernandez said.
    Mayor Anibal Ibarra said the emergency exit appeared to be
    shut "so that people wouldn't enter without paying" and
    firefighters had to break it open.
    Most of the victims are believed to have died from smoke
    inhalation.
    The rock band playing at the Republica Cromagnon club in
    the gritty, run-down neighborhood of Once warned the crowd not
    to shoot flares due to the fire hazard, the mayor said. But
    after the first song, an hour before midnight on Thursday, a
    group fired one into the highly flammable foam ceiling.
    Flares and a whole array of fireworks are sold on streets
    all over Latin America for the New Year holiday festivities
    with little regulation.
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    At least one report has it that the club was approximately 2000 persons OVER ITS CAPACITY!

    The warning signs were all there.
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    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Grieving families buried victims
    of the nightclub fire that killed at least 188 people and injured
    more than 700, while protesters marched in anger over suspicions
    that some of the packed club's emergency exits were locked.
    Funerals at cemeteries around the capital capped a muted holiday
    weekend that ended Sunday night with a march by more than 2,000
    demonstrators demanding a full government accounting for the
    calamity.
    At one grave site Sunday, a toddler stood dazed as relatives
    tearfully clutched at a coffin before it was laid in the earth. At
    another funeral, mourners clapped for a 20-year-old man, bidding
    him farewell as his remains were placed in a crypt on a hot summer
    day in South America.
    Thursday's fire was this country's worst in recent memory and
    more than 200 riot police stood guard at city hall and the nearby
    presidential palace after the protesters marched from the charred
    nightclub to a main downtown square - the seat of local and
    national power.
    "Assassins! Assassins!" the demonstrators chanted, many vowing
    they would hold the city government of Buenos Aires Mayor Anibal
    Ibarra accountable amid local reports of possible security lapses
    surrounding the fatal rock concert.
    The club's owner, Omar Chaban, was under arrest and expected to
    face a court hearing Monday. Police were looking for three of
    Chaban's business associates for questioning about the fire.
    On Sunday, police reported two more deaths as the casualty toll
    rose to 188 fatalities. Health officials said 263 people remained
    hospitalized, 117 of them in serious or critical condition.
    Many who joined in the second day of protests banged pots and
    pans as they also called for tougher safety codes and better
    regulation of concert halls and rock clubs.
    They also demanded a full investigation of reports that
    emergency exits at the Cromagnon Republic club were locked as
    panicked crowds surged toward the doors, choking on thick black
    smoke and trampling each other in desperate efforts to get out.
    Authorities said the exits were either tied shut or padlocked to
    prevent people from entering without paying.
    "Ibarra, get out! Resign now!" the protesters chanted before
    moving across the grassy Plaza de Mayo to the offices of President
    Nestor Kirchner to demand he return from his native Patagonia
    region to take public charge.
    "Kirchner, where are you?" many in the crowd chanted.
    Kirchner has remained in his Santa Cruz province since the
    blaze, largely out of public view. He declared three days of
    national mourning for the victims and sent his condolences to
    grieving families, but some criticized him for failing to cut short
    his trip.
    Jorge Luis Gilart lost his 21-year-old son, also named Jorge.
    The 49-year-old former police officer said he ultimately held the
    mayor's office responsible for what he saw as security lapses
    leading to the tragedy.
    "This happened because the nightclub, like many others, wasn't
    properly regulated" by the authorities, Gilart charged. "Someone
    is going to have to pay for my child's life and all the other
    innocents."
    About 4,000 people, mostly teenagers, were inside the club for a
    concert of the Argentine rock band Los Callejeros when the fire
    broke out late Thursday. Investigators are determining whether a
    flare set off by a member of the audience ignited foam on the
    ceiling. The building has a capacity for only 1,500 people, city
    officials said.
    Many of the victims died from smoke inhalation, officials said.
    Local reports said bodies were found piled atop each near one
    blocked exit and a newspaper photograph showed piles of shoes,
    mostly tennis sneakers.
    Beset by public indignation, the Buenos Aires public security
    chief, Juan Carlos Lopez, resigned over the weekend.
    Ibarra on Saturday ordered dance clubs in the city to close for
    15 days for safety inspections and scrapped any future indoor club
    concerts. He also visited victims at several hospitals Sunday and
    said investigators were probing several possible safety lapses.
    He also declared that the "most serious breach was by someone
    who set off a flare in an enclosed area."
    Investigators said they had identified three people believed to
    have launched a flare that ignited the fire, but were trying to
    determine if they could be among the dead.
    At the site of the club, Argentines left candles, flowers and
    cards after much of the debris had been swept away.

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    I can't believe this happened AGAIN!!!!!!
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    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Thousands of Argentines angered
    over safety lapses at a nightclub where a fire killed 183 people,
    many of them teenagers, marched through capital streets Monday
    holding pictures of the victims and demanding the resignations of
    key city officials.
    The third straight day of protests over the fire Thursday during
    a rock concert came as forensic experts studied whether a flare
    launched by an audience member lit foam on the club's ceiling,
    asphyxiating many with choking fumes.
    City officials revised the death toll downward from 188 to 183
    on Monday. The fire also injured 700 people, and 263 people
    remained in hospitals Monday, including 117 in serious or critical
    condition.
    Many in the crowd of 4,000 or so protesters said that Buenos
    Aires Mayor Anibal Ibarra should be held accountable, and that new
    citywide reforms should be imposed on all clubs.
    The father of one victim reportedly set himself on fire during
    the protest before other demonstrators doused the flames with
    water, according to local news reports. Television images showed
    the man lying on the ground before being carried to an ambulance.
    His condition was not immediately known.
    The demonstrators voiced anger over reports suggesting emergency
    exits were padlocked or tied shut with wire, turning the Cromagnon
    Republic nightclub into a trap when flames broke out during the
    concert by the local band Los Callejeros.
    "How could so many young people have died?" asked one
    51-year-old protester, Jose Fuentes. "This tragedy is the product
    of political corruption that looks the other way and lets the clubs
    function without meeting even minimum norms for security."
    But the mayor was quick to reject such charges by the marchers,
    who included family members carrying photographs of their children.
    He ordered city clubs closed for two weeks of safety inspections
    and banned indoor concerts indefinitely.
    On Monday, Ibarra told the La Nacion newspaper in its online
    edition that the Cromagnon Republic was inspected by firefighters
    in April. In the interview, he charged that any addition of
    flammable materials to the club's ceiling came after that
    certification.
    Thursday's fire was this country's worst in recent memory.
    About 4,000 people, mostly teenagers, were packed inside the
    club - which only had a capacity of 1,500 - when the fire broke
    out. Reeling from thick smoke, panicked crowds surged toward the
    doors, trampling each other in desperate efforts to flee. Many of
    the victims died from smoke inhalation. Argentine media reports
    said crumpled bodies were found in a pile near one blocked exit.

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    Argentines demand justice after deadly club fire
    By Louise Egan
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jan 6 (Reuters) - A week after a
    fire killed nearly 200 people in a Buenos Aires rock club that
    had locked its emergency exits, mourners held their biggest
    protest yet as pressure mounted for the mayor to resign.
    Some 6,000 people, including angry young rock fans and
    middle-aged parents, gathered late Thursday outside the club
    hit by fire on Dec. 30 after a fan shot fireworks into the
    highly flammable ceiling.
    Friends and families of the victims lit candles, waved
    banners and photographs of the dead, shouting "corruption
    killed our children as they linked arms in a march to city hall
    in sweltering summer heat.
    A small group clashed with police, who moved in to control
    the crowd in front of city hall. Several people were arrested
    and some were injured in the scuffles, local television
    reported.
    The protesters demanded that Mayor Anibal Ibarra resign for
    failing to enforce safety standards and they want the club
    owner, Omar Chaban, jailed. He is already under arrest.
    "We're fed up with corruption," said Lirta Marino, whose
    22-year-old niece Yamila died in the fire.
    Like thousands of Argentines, she accused government
    inspectors of taking bribes in exchange for turning a blind eye
    to safety hazards.
    A group of teen-age boys, many with tattoos and wearing
    rock 'n roll T-shirts, jumped up and down screaming insults at
    Ibarra. One elderly man walked silently looking at the ground
    and holding up a photograph of a baby.
    Several children and babies were among the victims.
    "Ibarra, Chaban, we will make you pay for what you did,"
    one young protester spray-painted on a government building.
    Ibarra, an ally of Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, has
    vowed he will not quit.
    The death toll rose to 188 from 187 on Thursday after a
    teen-age boy died from his wounds. Over 700 were injured in the
    blaze and 237 remain hospitalized.

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