translated from Spanish: At least 13 killed in human avalanche after clandestine party in Peru

At least 13 people were killed and six others injured while trying to escape when police stormed a clandestine party in Lima. Twenty-three people were arrested at the site, as reported in the early hours of Sunday by the Ministry of the Interior.The deaths occurred on Saturday night when about 120 attendees of the event were run over, trapped and crushed between the entrance door to the premises and a ladder. The Interior Ministry clarified in a statement that the police did not at any time use weapons or tear gas to vacate the venue where the festival was being held, as local residents claimed. Although the police intervention to this social meeting took place an hour before the nightfea field began, which runs from 22:00 to 04:00 local time, family and social gatherings are prohibited as part of the measures dictated by the Government to prevent further contagion of Covid-19.La party was taking place on the second floor of a premises called Thomas Restobar , located in the populous limeño district of Los Olivos, in the northern cone of Lima, to which the Police came to the calls of the neighbors. To avoid arrest, the attendees tried to escape down the only staircase leading to the exit on the lower floor and caused an avalanche in which people were trapped on top of each other.” At the end of the stairs there was a metal door that opened in. In those circumstances people get nervous and some started by leaving but the door closed. All out of desperation to get out were trapped, so did our captain with two more policemen,” said police general commander Orlando Velasco.Velasco also told that the policemen had to use a rope vehicle to rip off the metal door so that they could free the deceased and the wounded.

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