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China’s president Xi Jinxing has demanded an investigation into Shanghai’s New Year’s Eve stampede that left 36 dead, and 47 injured. The event occurred at 11:35 PM (local time) in Chenyi Square in Shanghai’s historic Bund district. People were said to be pushing through when it became too much for a limited amount of police officers to control the situation. Some media reports said that the situation deteriorated because people were trying to pick up fake money thrown out of a night club. These reports, however, have been proven false by a video that shows the money being dropped after the stampeded. Witnesses at the event explained that it was so crowded that there was no way to stop the wave of people pushing. One would just be pushed in the direction of the group with no control whatsoever. Even as people were falling to the ground, the crowd would not give time or space to treat the wounded. In order to give enough space to people to administer CPR, people linked their hands together to stop the crowd from passing through. US photographer Gaby Gabriel described the scene as “nobody seemed to be in control and people were crying. It was one of those times when you see the worst in people.” People, including the President of China, seem to be wondering what were police doing in this situation. While there were many who say that the crowd was just too much for the limited number of police officers, on site witnesses also claim that police officers did nothing to aid the situation. UK tourist, Rebecca Thomas, explained, “CPR was being given to 10-15 people in the street by loved ones whilst police stood by and watched.” I think that people completely miscalculated the amount of resource needed for this type of event. Regardless of whether you cancel the official event (which it had been), officials should be able to understand that it is New Years. There is no way that large crowds will not gather. Someone needs to be held responsible for this so that this type of mistake never occurs again.