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According to the Associated Press, a “tween” campsite popped up overnight in Mexico City, Mexico Sunday, Jun 10, as Beliebers (die-hard Justin Bieber fans) camped out hoping to be among the closest fans to the stage for the teenage superstar, Justin Bieber’s free concert in the central plaza set to take place Monday evening.
Dozens of the Canadian singer’s fans, mostly aged 10 to 14 years old, traveled hundreds of miles, some traveling 14 hours by bus, to camp along a street near the Zocalo, the main plaza of the historic center in Mexico City, on Sunday. Many of the young fans were dressed in purple, Bieber’s favorite color, listened to his music on headphones while being chaperoned by their parents. Many of the parents took off work and let their children miss school to be in the audience Monday as they waited in the line that stretched two blocks, filled with vendors selling Bieber merchandise.
The concert is expected to have a crowd of 200,000, many of which will have to watch Bieber from a series of large screens set up near the plaza. More than 5000 police officers will be on hand for the concert to help keep order around the barricades and checkpoints, taking precautions to prevent crushing fans. In a similar concert by Bieber in Norway in late May, dozens of fans were injured due to a stampede of fans attending the show.
“Naturally we’d be worried about safety, but it looks like the government is taking the necessary precautions,” said Monica Gomez, who is waiting in line with daughter Renata, 11, who will be missing school on Monday.
City official Hector Antunano said the fan encampment will get in the show first in recognition for their dedicated efforts. First in line at the encampment was 17-year-old Frida Cross, the president of the Official Justin Bieber Fan Club of Mexico City. As the hundreds of girls in line chanted “Justin,” they seemed to be more worried about the giant cockroaches that roamed the streets than the security and their safety during the concert.
“Most of the fans will be between 10 and 17 years old. There will be a lot of girls. We are being very careful that the majority of the police are women and we are taking precautions so that there is no rush toward the stage,” said Antunano to the Associated Press. The city is determined to avoid issues that will cause fans to be crushed or injured.
Bieber’s new album ‘Believe’ comes out June 19.
Image Courtesy of Mexican Beliebers