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Extra care taken amid Holy Week safety fears

  • Organisers of Malaga's huge Holy Week processions this coming week have been taking extra precautions over crowd safety after a late-night stampede last year narrowly avoided serious injuries

Organisers of Malaga's huge Holy Week processions this coming week have been taking extra precautions over crowd safety after a late-night stampede last year narrowly avoided serious injuries.

Police have been told to stop spectators setting up makeshift seating on the pavements in key areas and blocking the flow of pedestrians viewing or following the processional thrones.

In addition the committee organising the many processions has agreed to let some divert their route from one stretch of road in Calle Tejon y Rodríguez. Here excavation work for a new apartment block means there is an 11-metre sheer drop into a car park space and local authorities were fearful of the safety risk. Others will keep the same route but set a faster pace.