Germany's Rock am Ring Festival Evacuated After "Concrete" Terror Threat
Germany’s large scale music festival, “Rock am Ring,” was originally slated for a June 2nd-5th occurrence, yet received an unexpected interruption from police officials at 9:30 PM—German time—on its opening day yesterday. Police reportedly received a “concrete” terrorist threat that led to the police force’s issuing of a controlled evacuation of the 80k or so people gathered in Nurburgring to enjoy the event. Despite the heightened European tensions since the suicide bomber attack on Manchester Arena in Britain during an Ariana Grande concert, attendees exited the venue calmly.
Festival organizers have taken precautionary measures to increase festival security after the reception of the threat, leading the event to resume early this afternoon. Police have carried out “intensive searches” designed to ensure event safety. The Manchester bombing had already impacted the logistics of Rock am Ring’s security organization, resulting in an increase of present security officials, totaling a number of 1,200. The show, as per the expression, “must go on,” and will continue into Sunday.