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Germany plans memorial for music festival victims

world Updated: Jul 27, 2010 19:23 IST

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German officials say a memorial service will be held on Saturday for the 20 people crushed to death at the Love Parade techno festival last weekend.

A government spokeswoman said Chancellor Angela Merkel will interrupt a summer holiday to attend the memorial. She spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

The memorial will be held in the city of Duisburg, the city in Germany's western industrial region where the disaster occurred on Saturday. More than 500 people were also injured. Duisburg's city hall said it would be held in one of the city's churches.

The 20 people were crushed or trampled to death last Saturday at the techno festival when panic broke out in a tunnel filled with people.