- Title: GERMANY: Finger-pointing begins after Love Parade stampede
- Date: 27th July 2010
- Summary: NEWSPAPER KIOSK VARIOUS OF NEWSPAPER HEADLINES WITH "BILD" MASS CIRCULATION DAILY READING "THE DEATH PROTOCOL" VARIOUS OF WOMAN READING "BILD" PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE 'BILD" HEADLINE READING "DEAD BODIES WERE LYING ON TOP OF MY LEGS!"
- Embargoed: 11th August 2010 13:00
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
- Reuters ID: LVABWMGH6HEGJ62HMU8OZR7TBPTI
- 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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