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Stampede at New York Pleasure parade after fireworks mistaken for gunfire

Individuals march in the course of the 2022 New York Pleasure Parade in New York Metropolis on June 26, 2022. (Photograph by Ed JONES / AFP)

NEW YORK — A stampede occurred at a Pleasure parade within the US metropolis of New York on Sunday, with lots of of individuals making an attempt to flee after mistaking the sound of fireworks for gunfire, police mentioned.

“There have been NO photographs fired in Washington Sq. Park. After an investigation, it was decided that the sound was fireworks set off on the location,” the NYPD mentioned in a tweet shortly after the incident.

Police instructed AFP “there have been no severe accidents” from the stampede.

Terrified individuals ran or walked briskly alongside a road adjoining to the sq. after the scare, movies on social media confirmed.

Tens of 1000’s of individuals attended Sunday’s LGBTQIA+ Pleasure parade, which wound its means by means of the streets of decrease Manhattan underneath the blazing solar.

The ambiance was largely festive, though the shadow of Friday’s US Supreme Court docket determination to abolish a constitutional proper to abortion — leaving states to legislate on the matter themselves — loomed over proceedings.

New York’s Pleasure parade is the second-largest in the US, after San Francisco, and Sunday’s gathering was the primary time it had taken place for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started.

Organizers mentioned the US Supreme Court docket determination on abortion was “devastating.”

“This harmful determination places hundreds of thousands in hurt’s means, provides authorities management over our particular person freedom to decide on, and units a disturbing precedent that places many different constitutional rights and freedoms in jeopardy,” organizers mentioned.

Many rights teams concern that the decision on abortion may very well be the start of a broader push by the Supreme Court docket, presently dominated by a conservative majority, to curtail different freedoms gained in latest many years, equivalent to rights to contraception or same-sex marriage.


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