BEIJING (AFP) – Chinese parents staged a protest on Sunday after six pupils were killed in a stampede at a primary school, as concerns over child safety mount.
AFP photos show riot police confronting dozens of parents, many of them wailing with grief as they clutched photographs of their children, near Mingtong Primary School in Kunming, capital of the southwestern province of Yunnan.
The group of parents held a banner saying “The killers should be severly punished” as they marched down the street, appearing to clash with a row of police who formed a line.
State news agency Xinhua said seven people had been suspended or removed from their posts following Friday’s accident, which left 26 other children injured.
Officials said the children killed in the stampede were all in grades one and two, meaning they were likely six or seven-years-old.
Police stand guard a school gate almost blocked by people after a stampede in the school in Kunming, southwest China’s Yunnan province on September 26. Chinese parents staged a protest on Sunday after six pupils were killed in a stampede at a primary school – AFP
Xinhua said the accident happened when a two-metre-long cotton cushion used for gym class, which had been propped against a wall, toppled over and blocked a stairway corridor.
Several children were apparently trapped underneath and their schoolmates, streaming past, stepped on them without realising.