Pressure mounts on 'Love Parade mayor' to go

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Pressure mounts on 'Love Parade mayor' to go

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Pressure is mounting on the mayor of Duisburg to quit after 20 people were crushed to death at the city’s Love Parade over the weekend.

Adolf Sauerland allegedly dismissed fears of overcrowding at the techno festival.

Some 1.4 million people turned up to the free street party, which had a licence for just 250,000 to attend. The police union said its members were not to blame and joined calls for the mayor to go.

“I am really sorry for Mayor Adolf Sauerland, because I hold him in high esteem as a person, but I think he should resign very quickly,” said Rainer Wendt, head of the German police union.

“It is really outrageous the organisers now want to wash their hands of responsibility and blame the police,” he added.

Safety consultant Dirk Oberhagemann claims city hall officials stopped him from filming the narrow tunnel where the stampede happened.

“The organisers knew that the access through the tunnel was the problem and they didn’t want to have witnesses to that fact,” he said.

More than 500 were injured in the tragedy, 43 of them seriously. The team behind the Love Parade say it will never take place again as a mark of respect.

A billboard posted by them reads: “We are devastated. We mourn with the relatives and our thoughts are with those receiving medical treatment.”