1 Aug 2010

Memorial service for Germany festival dead

3:13 pm on 1 August 2010

Thousands of people have taken part in a memorial service in the German city of Duisburg for 21 people crushed to death in a stampede at a music festival last week.

German chancellor Angela Merkel broke off her summer holiday to attend the service, and flags across Germany flew at half-mast, the BBC reports

The service was broadcast live on German television, and hundreds watched it on big television screens at other churches and a football stadium in the city.

Police investigators have accused the Love Parade music festival organisers of failing to control the huge crowds.

Prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation to determine whether there is a case for negligent manslaughter.