A stampede occurred Sunday during a Pride parade in New York City, in which hundreds of people tried to flee after mistaking the sound of fireworks for gunfire, police said.
“No shots were fired in Washington Square Park. An investigation determined that the sound was fireworks set off at the site,” New York Police Department said in a tweet shortly after the incident.
NO shots were fired in Washington Square Park. After investigation, it was determined that the sound was fireworks that had been set off at the location. pic.twitter.com/QXwEolmZks
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 27, 2022
Police told AFP “there were no serious injuries” from the stampede.
Terrified people ran or briskly down a street adjacent to the square after the fright, videos posted on social media showed.
Tens of thousands of people attended Sunday’s LGBTQIA+ Pride Parade, which made its way through the streets of lower Manhattan under the blazing sun.
The atmosphere was mostly celebratory, though the shadow of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to repeal a constitutional right to abortion — allowing states to legislate on the issue themselves — loomed over the proceedings.
New York’s Pride parade is the second largest in the United States after San Francisco, and Sunday’s gathering marked the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organizers said the US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion was “devastating”.
“This dangerous decision puts millions at risk, puts the government in control of our individual freedom of choice and sets a disturbing precedent that jeopardizes many other constitutional rights and freedoms,” organizers said.
Many human rights groups fear that the abortion ruling could spark broader pressure from the Supreme Court, currently dominated by a conservative majority, to override other freedoms acquired in recent decades, such as the right to contraception or same-sex marriage. to limit.
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