|The scene of the area after police managed to control the crowd|
|People lay flowers, mourning the loss of life in Shanghai|
And following the stampede, hundreds of paramilitary officers are patrolling Chen Yi Square -- close to the Peace Hotel -- where the incident took place, following a protest by victims' families accusing the Shanghai government of negligence.
It's interesting this delayed reaction of tightening control over the handling of the incident four days later. How things proceed from now will surely be carefully scripted, with state media probably instructed to only publish Xinhua officially-sanctioned stories.
|The 2010 fire in Shanghai that also resulted in the loss of life|
It turned out that sparks made from unlicensed welders caused the inferno, igniting the scaffolding around the building and causing its destruction. A week later financial compensation was arranged for the victims' families.
Tens of thousands of people publicly mourned the victims of the fire, and afterwards the police detained those who continued to pay homage to the burned-out site. Residents also criticized the government for censoring the media and not providing an adequate response to the fire.
Does it sound like history repeating itself four years later?