Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

Terror Warning Shuts German Rock Festival on Opening Night

The German band Rammstein was the Friday night headliner, but hadn't yet started playin

Visitors leave the music festival Rock am Ring outside the western town of Nuerburg, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017, photo: Thomas Frey/Dpa via AP
4 months ago

BERLIN – German authorities shut down and cleared thousands of fans from a popular rock music festival Friday night after receiving a “concrete” terrorist threat.

Rhineland-Palatinate government spokesman Joachim Winkler told the dpa news agency that there were tips of a possible terrorist attack and that the Rock am Ring festival was shut down on its opening night as a precaution.

The German band Rammstein was the Friday night headliner, but hadn’t yet started playing.

Organizer Marek Lieberberg told journalists at the scene that he hoped the annual three-day festival would be able to resume Saturday as planned, but that it was not yet clear.

The festival grounds were clear by 9:30 p.m., about a half hour after people were told that they were going to have to leave.

“The public reacted fantastically,” Lieberberg said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many fans were in attendance, but some 90,000 were expected by the end of the weekend at the event outside the western town of Nuerburg. Overall, some 85 bands were scheduled to play on four stages with Germany’s Toten Hosen highlighting Saturday’s list and California’s System of a Down playing Sunday.

Following the recent attack in Manchester outside a concert, organizers had instituted strict security controls including body searches, while backpacks and bags were banned. Some 1,200 police were to be on hand for the event, in uniform and in plain clothes.

Germany has been on alert since a number of violent attacks last year, including the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 victims dead and dozens of others injured. The attack, carried out by a young Tunisian man who had been denied asylum in Germany, was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Business

Graft Accusations Made Against Chinese I ...

11 mins ago
World

Top Eurozone Official: Greece Needs 'Cle ...

11 mins ago
Business

Survey: Economists See No Gain from NAFT ...

43 mins ago
World

Official: U.S. Not Seeking Regime Change ...

1 hour ago
Most Popular

Searchers Dig as Mexico City Reopens jus ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico

INAH: Report Damaged Museums, Cultural H ...

By The News
Mexico

Colegio Rébsamen Operated Legally, Says ...

By Notimex
Mexico

Biblioteca Vasconcelos Marks 10 Years

By Jorge Butrón
Mexico

New Earthquake, Magnitude 6.1, Shakes Ji ...

By The Associated Press
Mexico