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Chaos unfolded in Shibuya on Thursday night as countless costumed partygoers pushed, pulled and squeezed their way through a seemingly endless crowd running amok despite efforts by police to contain the madness of the annual Halloween celebrations in the area.

Hundreds of police officers and security guards, many shouting instructions through megaphones, used ropes in an attempt to corral the waves of revelers traversing the famous Shibuya scramble crossing.

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