Shang­hai can­cels New Year lan­tern fes­ti­val

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Shang­hai has can­celed its famed Lu­nar New Year lan­tern fes­ti­val in the wake of a stam­pede that left 36 peo­ple dead.

The an­nounce­ment on Sun­day il­lus­trates the spread­ing ef­fects of the Jan 1 dis­as­ter, in which surg­ing crowds tram­pled peo­ple along the city’s leg­endary Bund river­front walk­way.

Events as far away as in Beijing have been can­celed and se­cu­rity tight­ened in crowded pub­lic spa­ces.

The up­com­ing three-day fes­ti­val in the city’s Yuyuan Gar­den draws more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple.

The company that runs the gar­den and the Shang­hai city gov­ern­ment said in state­ment that the event was be­ing can­celed out of “safety con­cerns.” It didn’t di­rectly men­tion the stam­pede, point­ing to con­cerns over con­tin­u­ing pub­lic out­rage over se­cu­rity lapses and a lack of gov­ern­ment ex­pla­na­tions. (Photo 3)

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