Family members of children who were killed or injured in a stampede at a primary school in Kunming, Yunnan province protested outside of the building on Sunday, demanding further explanation about the incident from officials.
At least 100 people poured into the streets in front of Mingtong Primary School around 8:00 a.m. yesterday, Global Times reported, after six students were killed and 26 more injured during a stampede outside of the school on Friday afternoon.
The protestors, carrying banners that read “The killers should be severely punished,” demanded to see senior school staff and find out the cause of the stampede, as they believed local officials failed to provide all the details. No school representative has yet come to meet with the protestors, according to the report.
Authorities said in a statement yesterday that the stampede was triggered when two large foam mattresses were left in a narrow corridor, blocking students’ way through. Some of the children tripped and fell on the floor and were trampled when the school’s 600 students were returning to their classes after a noon break.
Six children, most in grade one and grade two, were crushed to death during the ordeal. The publicity department of the Kunming government said that 18 of the other 26 injured students have now been discharged from the hospital.
The school was shut down temporarily and will reopen after the National Day holiday. CRIEnglish reported that seven officials were suspended or removed from their posts following the news.
Xinhua said today that the family members of each victim will get at least 800,000 yuan in compensation.
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