Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Further proof that the corrupt Saudi monarchy must inevitably give way to modern consumer capitalism:
A stampede at a branch of the furniture and lifestyle superstore Ikea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ended with three people being crushed to death yesterday.
Three men were trampled in the rush to claim vouchers at the opening of the first of a new style of Ikea showroom; 16 shoppers were injured. Medics revived some 20 more who had fainted.
The rush was triggered by an offer for the first 50 shoppers to receive $150 (£84) in vouchers. An Ikea statement said more than 20,000 people showed up. Hospital officials said a Pakistani and a Saudi died. The nationality of the third person killed was not given.