Press blames organisers for Love Parade deaths

Questions abound in Germany over who was to blame for the deaths of 19 revellers at a popular techno festival over the weekend. They were crushed to death on Saturday at the Love Parade in Duisburg after massive crowds triggered a stampede.

Der Spiegel has reported that organisers had permission for 250,000 people to attend the event, which was being held at a disused railway station. But it said some 1.4 million turned up to the free party.

Flowers and candles adorn the spot near to where the tragedy happened. Handwritten notes simply ask: “Why?” As well as the 19 who died, 342 were injured.

Duisburg resident Carsten Schroeter said: “It’s not right just to blame the police. I think the planning of the event should have been different. This was a task for the organisers and city hall.”

Kurt Moczko, another local man, said: “The area just was not large enough.”

“I can’t imagine how this space could be sufficient for 1.4 million people,” he added.

Organisers have said the Love Parade will never be staged again as a mark of respect. It used to be a regular fixture in Berlin’s dance music calendar but was moved because of overcrowding.