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Survivors of a stampede in Ivory Coast that killed 61 people, most of them children and teenagers, after a New Year's Eve fireworks display said Wednesday that makeshift barricades stopped them from moving along a main boulevard, causing the crush of people.
"The situation is deplorable," said Thierry Legre, president of the Ivorian League of Human Rights. "It is our first tragedy of 2013, but in 2012 we could already see possibility of such a tragedy because there are not adequate authorities patrolling our roads and waters."
Mr. Legre said the New Year's stampede "exposes our weak and dysfunctional civil protection system.