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Horrible pictures and videos captured a scene “that was completely out of control,” witnesses told the BBC, as doctors rushed to help people caught in the chaos.
Juliana Santaella, a medical student from Mexico who was in the crowd, told the Washington Post that she was caught on the busy street around 10 p.m. local when he began to feel the pressure of the crowd.
“At some point, my feet stopped touching the ground,” he told the Post. “I had a man on top of me who didn’t know anything, which hurt my stomach.”
He recalled the feeling of being crushed under the weight of people in the crowd, to the point where he was only able to move his neck after being stuck between people. beside him and below him.
“I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll be next.’ I really thought I was going to die,” he told the Post. “I was completely paralyzed. At one point, I couldn’t feel my legs, I couldn’t even move my toes.”
A mother of a mob victim said her 19-year-old daughter was “under a pile of people for over an hour,” and her boyfriend his son “tried to pull him out, but he couldn’t,” said a report by Yonhap News Agency.