German protesters are demanding the resignation of the mayor of Duisberg, where 21 people died in a stampede at last weekend’s Love Parade.
Mourning has turned into finger-pointing, with no one yet publicly admitting responsibility for the chaos that led to the tragedy.
A police probe is underway amid claims that local officials and organisers ignored warnings that the site of the event was too small to cope with the huge crowds expected. Some blame the police for letting too many people through into a small space.
One man said: “The mayor must resign. He passes the buck to us and refuses to take the blame.”
A woman protester said: “I am a citizen of Duisberg and I feel shame when I see the reaction of those who lead the city.”
Mayor Adolf Sauerland has so far refused to step down, denying any wrongdoing. The organisers have cancelled the event for good.
Local media reports that Germans are dumbfounded by what happened, as they are so used to bureaucrats demanding an almost excessive standard of organisation at public events.