- Title: GERMANY: Finger-pointing begins after Love Parade stampede
- Date: 27th July 2010
- Summary: DUISBURG, GERMANY (JULY 26, 2010) (REUTERS) WIDE OF TUNNEL WHERE ACCIDENT HAPPENED WOMAN LOOKING AT CANDLES CANDLES AND FLOWERS LAID ALONG WALL SIGN READING "19 DEAD" CANDLES AND FLOWERS TEDDY BEAR AND FLOWERS ON WALL NEAR TUNNEL WOMEN LOOKING AT CANDLES CROSS MADE OUT OF ICE AT ENTRANCE TO TUNNEL READING "IN DEEP GRIEF" WATER DRIPPING FROM ICE CROSS WIDE OF TUNNEL LOVE PARADE T-SHIRT AND ITALIAN FLAG HANGING FROM FENCE / FLOWERS AND CANDLES ON GROUND EXTERIOR OF DUISBURG TRAIN STATION (SOUNDBITE) (German) DUISBURG RESIDENT, DORIS KAMM SAYING: "The whole city is under shock. People are not talking about anything else. We are completely devastated and are asking ourselves how something like this could have happened." (SOUNDBITE) (German) DUISBURG RESIDENT, GUENTHER STERZIG SAYING: "If this event was a political decision where (the mayor) has the responsibility then I think he should find a new job." (SOUNDBITE) (German) DUISBURG RESIDENT, HERMANN-JOSEPH CHRISTOPH SAYING: "It must be analysed who is guilty. If commercial reasons led to basic security aspects being ignored then that's punishable by law. If they said the premises are designed for 300,000 people and one and a half million show up then that's totally unacceptable. Resign? I think a few heads are going to roll because of this."
- Embargoed: 11th August 2010 13:00
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
- Reuters ID: LVAQS1EZTVIHSBDCEZG6XEG9BQM
- Story Text: Shocked Duisburg residents tried to find answers on Monday (July 26) after 19 people were killed in a stampede in their German city during the Love Parade techno festival over the weekend.
Residents on their way to work said Duisburg mayor Adolf Sauerland must resign if it turns out the event's organisation was politically motivated.
"It must be analysed who is guilty," said Hermann-Joseph Christoph, a man in his sixties.
"If commercial reasons led to basic security aspects being ignored then that's punishable by law. If they said the premises are designed for 300,000 people and one and a half million show up then that's totally unacceptable. Resign? I think a few heads are going to roll because of this," Christoph predicted.
All major German newspapers led with Saturday's tragedy, showing photographs of young ravers piled up on top of each other, some alive, others presumably dead.
Mass circulation "Bild" devoted a full page to one such photograph, with the title reading "The protocol of death."
Among the 19 victims between the ages of 20 and 40 killed were one each from Spain, Bosnia, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy and China.
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