Germany readies trial over deadly Love Parade stampede

Germany readies  trial over deadly Love  Parade stampede

More than three years after Germany’s Love Parade disaster, which claimed 21 lives in a stampede during a music festival, prosecutors said on Tuesday they had ended their investigation, paving the way for a trial. In the 2010 tragedy, partygoers at the techno music festival were crushed to death as hundreds of thousands of young people tried to navigate the narrow tunnel that served as the only access to the grounds. More than 500 were injured. Prosecutors said they had laid charges and would present details on Wednesday of their case over the disaster in the western industrial city of Duisburg. Media reports said charges would likely be laid against 10 or 11 people. The state had initially investigated 16 suspects, mostly city officials and staff of festival organisers Lopavent, amid claims that bad planning and poor crowd management were to blame for the deaths. The then mayor of Duisburg, Adolf Sauerland, was forced to step down by a 2012 city referendum, accused of having ignored warnings that the venue was too small and the summer festival a disaster waiting to happen. In the July 24, 2010 tragedy, a large crowd of revellers at one of Europe’s top techno events was forced to go through a narrow tunnel that served as the only entrance and exit to the festival grounds.

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