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Argentina Concert Stampede, 'Another' Front Page Tragedy

Crowd at Indio Solari's Olavarria concert on March 11
Crowd at Indio Solari's Olavarria concert on March 11

Clarín, March 13

A concert for fans of Argentine music star Indio Solari turned deadly, and the grim details dominated front pages Monday of the nation's newspapers, along with questions about bad planning and crowd control. "Another tragedy due to lack of controls', reads today's front page of Buenos-Aires based daily Clarín.

At last Saturday's massive open-air rock concert in the eastern city of Olavarria, the situation got out of control when the crowd rushed towards the stage at the end of the performance — a stampede that killed two people and injured dozens. According to the Argentine newspaper, 350,000 spectators turned up for the show, instead of the expected 150,000. Preliminary investigations were launched to determine who was responsible for this lack of crowd control.

In April last year, the organizers of the Time Warp Argentina electronic music festival were arrested and charged for negligence after six people died, due to similar bad planning issues.

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Western Tanks To Ukraine Trigger Russian Threats — But Also Fears Of Major Counterattack

Germany and the U.S. overcame months of reluctance in the past 24 hours to commit to sending heavy combat tanks to Ukraine. Russia responded with official bluster, but others in Moscow fear that the tanks delivery could be a gamechanger on the battlefield.

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Recently mobilized Russian troops getting ready to depart for service

Cameron Manley

A week of growing expectations of a coming Russian offensive was turned on its head Wednesday as Germany and the U.S. announced their intention to send heavy combat tanks to Ukraine.

The sudden show of resolve on supplying tanks — after months of reluctance, particularly from Germany — has prompted some Russians to fear that Ukraine will now be equipped for a major counterattack. That would be significant reversal after speculation had been growing this month about a Russian spring offensive.

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government confirmed Wednesday morning that Berlin plans to send at least 14 German-built Leopard 2 tanks to the frontline. U.S. media also reported that Joe Biden’s administration is expected to officially announce Washington's commitment, with at least 30 M1 Abrams tanks expected to be sent.

The timeline remains unclear as to when the vehicles would make it into combat. Still, both sides on the war acknowledged that it is a significant development with the potential to change the math on the battlefield.

Official Russian response was loaded with typical incendiary rhetoric. Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to Russian president Vladimir Putin, said the new tanks would "burn like all the rest, only these ones are expensive.”

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