Monday, April 26, 2010

The Justin Bieber Riot Act Strikes Down Under

I'm not even sure who this guy is, but apparently the girls just dig him. He's a big hit with the tweeners, and has caused riots all over the world when promoters do such a good job that more people show up than they're prepared to handle at venues (which are frequently malls).

It happened in New York's Roosevelt Field mall on Long Island, which ended with injuries, and a record executive arrested because of the completely out of control crowd.

It now happened at a concert venue in Sydney, Australia
Thousands of frenzied teenagers, who spent the night camped out by Sydney Harbour awaiting a concert by pop star Justin Bieber, surged toward the venue Monday morning, sending at least eight girls to the hospital and injuring several more.

Police canceled the performance after the swarm, which may have begun when rumors spread that the 16-year-old Canadian heartthrob had arrived early. In the crush, at least 10 girls fainted, and paramedics had to pull them out of the crowd, according to Australia's Network Seven. Of the eight sent to the hospital, one fractured her knee cap, though most had hyperventilated.

"We were expecting this to be the biggest concert we ever had, but we just couldn't have foreseen this scale," said Grant Denyer, the weather presenter for Network Seven's Sunrise program, which was planning to broadcast the open-air concert.

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