... amped-up people into a confined area... what could possibly go wrong?
-- DUISBURG -- Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed shock at the "horrible, sad" turn of events and said everything must be done to ensure such tragedies don't repeat themselves.Geez Angela... you mean like not letting politicians override the concerns of the emergency services establishment?
"I think we need an intense investigation now into how this happened," she said Sunday in Bayreuth, where she was attending the opening of the yearly Wagner music festival.
"We must do everything to prevent this from being repeated."
Rainer Wendt, the head of a key national police union, told the Bild daily newspaper that the city and organizers are to blame.Funny how that works.
"I already warned a year ago that Duisburg is not a suitable place for the Love Parade," Wendt said. "The city is too small and narrow for such events."
A high-ranking firefighter warned the city's mayor in a letter in October 2009 against holding the event at the old freight railway station "because the place is not big enough for all the people," the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger reported.