Seven people were trampled to death and 64 injured as crowds surged forward to greet Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang at Harare airport, Zimbabwe, on January 9.
1. GV Crowd of people standing along tarmac edge (2 shots) 0.15
2. GV Injured people (3 shots) 0.29
3. SV Casualty receiving treatment 0.33
4. GV Stretchers being unloaded from ambulance 0.35
5. GV People receiving treatment 0.39
6. GV Person taken away on stretcher 0.44
7. GV More people receiving treatment (2 shots) 0.55
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Background: HARARE, ZIMBABWE
Seven people were trampled to death and 64 injured as crowds surged forward to greet Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang at Harare airport, Zimbabwe, on January 9. More than 10,000 people had gathered at the airport following regular appeals on state radio for Zimbabweans to welcome Mr Zhao. They were transported to the airport in buses supplied by the government. Some of those killed or injured were crushed against a locked steel gate and others were trampled by the huge crowd. The casualties were treated by medical staff on the airport tarmac before being rushed to a hospital 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the airport. Zimbabwe was the ninth stop in Mr Zhao's tour of 11 African states. China has had a long relationship with the young African nation, having trained guerrillas of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and supplied them with arms and food during the Rhodesian civil war.
Source: ZIMBABWE TELEVISION CORPORATION