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Movie Melee Leaves 18 Dead in China : 18 Dead in China After Movie Melee

January 03, 1991|from Associated Press

BEIJING — A melee that broke out after a movie theater sold too many tickets has left 18 people trampled to death and 34 injured in a southern Chinese village, a local newspaper reported.

The newspaper, which arrived in Beijing Wednesday, said chaos erupted Monday night as people tried to cram into the only door of an open-air theater in the village of Wanfeng. The theater holds 600 people, but the newspaper said that nearly 1,000 tickets had been sold for a showing of the Taiwanese movie "Mama, Love Me Again."

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