The premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, promised to stop the music festival of Síquq Defqon 1 after two young people died and three others were left fighting for their lives after multiple suspicions of overdose.
His statement comes amid scrutiny of the productivity of law enforcement and security at the event, which was held in Penrith, in western Sydney.
Gladys Berejiklian described the deaths as tragic and confessed that she never wanted the international event to return to the Australian coasts.
"I do not want to see this event in Sydney or New South Wales any more: we will do everything possible to close this," ABC reported.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has promised to stop the Sydney Defqon 1 music festival (pictured, unrelated revelers at the festival) after two deaths from suspected drug overdoses
Ms. Berejiklian described the deaths as tragic and confessed that she never wanted the international event to return to the Australian coasts.
"I understand that there were some deaths in the past, but to have at least two in one night when all the insured were given the assurance that it was a safe event, clearly not when so many people have succumbed."
He also clarified that the government's hardline stance against the pill test would remain in place, despite a great boost from partygoers to provide the safety of people who will use drugs regardless of police presence and punishments. hardest.
"Anyone who defends the test pills is giving the green light to drugs, there is no safe drug, and unfortunately, when young people believe it exists, it has tragic consequences," he said.
"I am absolutely horrified by what happened and I do not want any family to have to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up this morning, it's horrible to think about that."
Two people died and two others remain in the hospital fighting for their lives after a drug overdose in a notorious electronic music festival.
Defqon. 1 is not the first festival to be attacked after the attendees got sick or died while they were partying.
The now defunct Australian festival EDM Stereosonic clung to life after a series of drug-related deaths at the festival.
In 2015, Sylvia Choi, 25, and Stefan Woodward, 19, both died after ingesting drugs at the festival.
He never returned for a follow-up tour in 2017.
The same year, Nigel Pauljevic, 26, died at the annual Defqon. 1 festival, also after consuming illegal substances.
In addition, James Munro died of an overdose after allegedly swallowing "three pills" at the popular hard style dance event, and Nathanial Gumyer died after allegedly swallowing a tablet at the Festival of the Falls.
The number of drug-related deaths at festivals has been constantly under scrutiny, and many turn to pills to help save lives.
He also clarified that the position of the government's hard line against the pill test would remain intact, despite a great impulse from partygoers to provide security to people who will use drugs regardless of police presence and harsher punishments. .
Ms. Berejiklian's hard line stance against the damage minimization technique, which has been observed as successful in other parts of the world, has been ridiculed online.
"It's not that I worry about Defqon, but Gladys is an idiot, the tests of pills save lives, deaths could happen at any festival, and promised to see the end of Defqon simply means that more insecure alternatives will appear," wrote a user on Twitter .
& # 39; It's not the event. Close it, create an empty event, start a new event. Decriminalize the drugs or pill test them if not. Saving lives does not earn points, "wrote another.
Emergency services were called to the Defqon music festival in Penrith, west Sydney, at 9 pm on Saturday after a man, 23, and a woman, 21, collapsed.
Both were taken to the Nepean Hospital, where they died shortly afterwards.
Three other festivalgoers, including a 19-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, are fighting for their lives after being taken by helicopter to the hospital in critical condition.
A third person showed up at the Liverpool hospital and is now in critical condition.
More than 700 people at the event sought assistance from medical professionals, while the police searched dozens of drug-related arrests and seizures.
The people affected by the drugs in the place were quickly transferred to the Nepean Hospital, where a woman remains in critical condition.
Police claim that 13 additional people attended the Nepean Hospital for drug-related issues during and after the festival.
The officers conducted 355 drug searches throughout the day. Of this, it was allegedly discovered that 69 people were in possession of drugs.
Ten of those people were charged with drug-supply crimes. Two other teenagers, aged 17, were accused of giving birth after they were allegedly trapped with 120 capsules inside.
The organizers of Defqon Australia published a statement regarding the deaths.
"The organizers of Defqon.1 Australia are deeply saddened by the tragic death of two of their sponsors at the Nepean Hospital after attending the festival last night and wish to express their sincere condolences to their family and friends."
& # 39; Thoughts and prayers are also with the young man and the woman who are still in a critical condition. We are disappointed by the number of incidents related to drugs, we have a policy of zero tolerance in relation to the use of drugs at the festival. "
& # 39; The festival organizers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities in relation to the deaths and the number of medical presentations made during the night; A full investigation is currently under way. As this is a matter with the New South Wales Police and the forensic doctor and out of respect for families and friends, we will not speculate about the cause of death and we will not make any more statements or comments, "the statement read. release.
Defqon is an annual music festival held in the Netherlands and Australia and generally plays genres related to hardstyle, such as hardcore techno, hard house and hard trance.