Bieber fever spreads to Mexico
By Henry Romero
The security fence surrounding the hotel in the upscale neighborhood of Polanco, Mexico, where Justin Bieber was scheduled to give a news conference, was impressive. It was far away from the main entrance of the hotel – far enough away to make sure that the throngs of frenzied girls would not be able to trample their object of lust to death. Girls still dressed in their school uniform endured the sun for hours, screaming or singing his songs together, without knowing each other but bonding through their love for him.
When we, the photographers and journalists, were walking past to get into position for the news conference, the girls begged to come along with us â€śSir, let me carry your equipment; donâ€™t you need an assistant?; Pleeeease, I love him sooo much, please, take me with youâ€¦â€¦.â€ť while they hugged the fence and held pictures of Justin pressed to their hearts.
One of them was holding onto a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Justin like it was the real thing; Justin – the cardboard lover.
Later, at Mexico Cityâ€™s main square the Zocalo, the screaming was a thousand fold. The crowd was more diverse as it was a free concert. For many it was the only chance to see Justin Bieber without having to pay a small fortune.
Mothers and fathers accompanied their daughters as they waited 12 hours ahead of the concert. They camped on the streets near the square in order to be able to land a good spot in front of the stage.
Some 210,000 people attended the concert according to local media. Thousands of teenage tears drenched the historical square used for gatherings since Aztec times. Screams and emotions penetrated the thick walls of the historical buildings surrounding the square.
When Bieber started singing â€śBabyâ€ť some fans fainted and had to be taken away. In the end, it was thousands of exhausted but happy girls who went home. A mother who carrying her young daughter on her shoulders said â€śThis is the best day of my life because I could accompany my little one to the first great concert in her young life.â€ť