Premier vows to shut down fes­ti­val

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

THE NSW Gov­ern­ment has vowed to stop Syd­ney mu­sic fes­ti­val De­fqon.1 af­ter two young peo­ple died and another two were left fight­ing for their lives af­ter sus­pected over­doses.

Around 700 peo­ple were treated, in­clud­ing 18 who were hos­pi­talised, dur­ing the event at Castlereagh in south­west­ern Syd­ney on Satur­day.

“I’m ab­so­lutely aghast at what’s oc­curred,” Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian said yester- day. “I don’t want any fam­ily to go through the tragedy that some fam­i­lies are wak­ing up to this morn­ing. This is an un­safe event and I’ll be do­ing every­thing I can to make sure it never hap­pens again.”

A man, 23, and a woman, 21, col­lapsed at the fes­ti­val about 9pm on Satur­day and died a short time later in a nearby hos­pi­tal, po­lice said. A woman, 26, re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion while a man, 19, is in in­ten- sive care. Po­lice said another 18 peo­ple were hos­pi­talised while about 700 peo­ple sought as­sis­tance from med­i­cal staff at the fes­ti­val.

De­fqon.1 or­gan­is­ers had warned that the fes­ti­val had a zero tol­er­ance drug pol­icy.

Po­lice said 10 peo­ple were charged with drug sup­ply of­fences, in­clud­ing two 17-yearold girls who al­legedly car­ried 120 cap­sules “in­ter­nally” into the venue.

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