At least 50 people have been killed and more than 200 people have been injured after a gunman opened fire into the crowd of outdoor country music festival Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 1 October 2017.
Freemuse is deeply saddened by the attack in Las Vegas and offers its condolences to all those affected.
“We condemn the attack on the concertgoers in Las Vegas who were attending the festival enjoying their right to experience art. People have the right to enjoy and participate in cultural events, including concerts, without fear.” said Freemuse Executive Director Dr Srirak Plipat. “We call on authorities to do more to ensure that artists’ and audiences’ rights are better protected.”
Just after 22:00 local time, a gunman fired into the festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel across the street from the venue while country singer Jason Aldean was playing on the final night of the three-day event. The shooting has been described by the BBC as the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history.
The attack in Las Vegas recalls both the explosion at Manchester Arena in England on 23 May 2017 at a concert by US singer Ariana Grande where 22 concertgoers lost their lives and more than 200 people were injured, and the attack in Paris on 13 November 2015, where gunmen entered popular music venue Bataclan during a concert by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal and killed 89 concertgoers, injuring several others.