Angry demo in Duisburg over Love Parade tragedy

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside city hall in Duisburg, Germany on Wednesday as anger grew over the Love Parade disaster in which 21 people died.

Demonstrators chanted "Sauerland go! in reference to the western city's mayor Adolf Sauerland, who has come under pressure to resign following Saturday's tragedy.

Others held placards including "Who is to blame?" in red letters. The crowd later observed a moment of silence for the victims.

Partygoers were crushed to death in a stampede as they desperately tried to escape a narrow tunnel that served as the only entrance to the grounds hosting the techno music festival. More than 500 people were hurt.

An interim police report on Wednesday put the blame on Love Parade organisers, listing a catalogue of catastrophic mistakes in managing the crowd of hundreds of thousands.

© 2010 AFP

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