Colectiv nightclub fire

Twenty-seven people – mostly teenagers and young people – have been killed after fire broke out at a nightclub in Bucharest, officials say.

The blaze took hold at the Colectiv club on Friday night, causing a stampede for the exit.

Emergency response chief Raed Arafat said 155 people were being treated in hospitals in the Romanian capital.

BUCHAREST, Romania – Survivors of a deadly nightclub fire and stampede in Romania say the lead singer of the heavy metal band on stage first made a joke about the fire before it engulfed the basement club in downtown Bucharest.

The fire in the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania in October 2015 led to sustained, nationwide protests that forced the resignation of the government. These protests drew on deep-seated feelings of injustice due to rampant corruption among the political elite. The capital city location provided an opening for spontaneous actions to present claims to power holders. We aim to identify how the urban space was used to initiate and scale up a meaningful challenge to the governing system by examining the evolution of these protests. Through analysis of interviews with protest participants and nonparticipants resident in Bucharest, we identify factors that mobilized participants and how these built and reinforced the developing movement. The findings emphasize the importance of (capital) cities in incubating social movements, by providing spaces to organize challenges to institutional actors from the local to the national level.

In late October 2015, Irina Bako and Stefan Maritiu printed out the first batch of custom stickers advertising the inaugural edition of their festival, Interval. The adhesive flyers explained the premise and location—“100 hours in Bucharest” featuring dozens of international headliners like Nina Kraviz and Marcel Dettmann—along with the optimistic legend “What could possibly go wrong?” That weekend, on October 30, just four weeks before Interval’s opening night, the local venue Colectiv caught fire during a free concert and killed at least 26 people within 2.5 minutes. As of March 14 the death toll from the tragedy had reached 64, the government had toppled and most of Bucharest’s nightlife venues were closed.

Roberta Arbinolo asks what can we learn from last week’s Bucharest nightclub inferno.

Sleepless nights don’t end when your kids are out of nappies.

How many of you worry when your teenage children head off for a night out? Probably most of you.

You are probably anxious about alcohol, drugs or the frightful eventuality of a car accident on the way home.

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