Bieber fever as free gig to draw 200,000 fans
Thousands of school-skipping "tween" girls and their parents streamed into Mexico City's main plaza yesterday, hoping to get the best spots for a free concert by teen superstar Justin Bieber (right) that was expected to draw 200,000 people, writes Isaac Garrido.
Under a hot sun, girls trundled through security checkpoints with hats and umbrellas, staking claim to some of the roughly 80,000 spots allocated in the plaza itself.
Another 120,000 or more are expected to watch on giant screens erected on nearby streets.
Authorities say they will have more than 5,000 police on hand, partly to prevent the sort of crush that injured 40 Bieber fans at a free concert in Oslo, Norway, in late May.