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Group gathers in protest at TV statement

RELATIVES and friends of the local woman who died after her hand got trapped in a train door gathered at the Zhongshan Park Station yesterday in protest at a Metro statement saying it would only bear half the responsibility for the incident.

Xu Yumei, the niece of 55-year-old victim Fan Jinmei, said they had been angered by news report they had seen on TV.

"The police told us yesterday that the Metro operator should bear full responsibility," Xu said. "But the Metro operator kept silent over the issue until their voice was carried out by TV news."

Xu said no senior Metro official had visited or apologized to relatives after Fan's death.

The 13-strong group, led by Fan's son, Fan Weibing, gathered on the station platform at 5pm with a portrait of Fan and some candles to mourn her death. Police sealed off a small area on the platform for them, blocking some entrance doors to the subway trains.

"We won't leave until we meet the high officials from the Metro group and get down to talking about the responsibility," said Xu.

But at about 7:30pm a Metro staff member told them that the ceremony would have to stop. Lighting candles violated regulations, he said. Fan Weibing rushed at an approaching train in anger and had to be restrained.

Xu said the group was taken to the station office at about 8pm to talk to a man who said he was a manager. Xu said he told them the matter would be discussed today and a report detailing responsibility would be issued.

Fen Ying, a friend of Fan's, said Fan had been in a hurry to see her 85-year-old father, who had had surgery at Chengjian Hospital. Her parents have not yet been told about the incident.

Fen said they wouldn't send Fan's body for cremation until they got a response from Metro officials.


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