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No New Year's Eve Event on Riverfront This Year, Shanghai Says

FILE - A security guard watches as mourners place flowers and burn incense at the site of a New Year's Eve stampede at the Bund in Shanghai, China, Jan. 2, 2015.

Authorities in Shanghai have chosen not to organize New Year's celebrations on the historic Bund riverfront this week, a year after a stampede there killed 36 people.

City spokesman Xu Wei announced the decision Tuesday, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

"There will be no activities on the Bund to greet the 2016 new year. Citizens who go there on their own, please pay attention to maintaining order," Xu was quoted as saying.

The deadly crush last year occurred about midnight on steps up to a riverside walkway as thousands of people gathered by the Huangpu River. Most of those who died were in their 20s. Forty-nine people were injured.

Two years ago, a New Year's Eve fireworks and laser show on the Bund drew a crowd of 300,000 people, and officials canceled last year's show days before it was set to take place because of concerns about crowd management, the Shanghai Daily reported at the time. Despite that, a huge crowd still gathered.

Four district-level officials were fired and stripped of their Communist Party posts after the stampede, and another seven were disciplined after an investigation concluded they had not done enough to mitigate the risks of such a big crowd.

The municipal government later canceled a series of events, including annual Lantern Festival celebrations and an agricultural produce exhibition that has run for 14 years.

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