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Poles Pay Tribute To Katowice Victims

Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz (L) prays during a special Sunday mass in Katowice cathedral yesterday (epa) 30 January 2006 -- Poles came from around the country to Katowice today to lay flowers and light candles in memory of the 62 people who died when the roof of an exhibition hall collapsed on 28 January.

Sixty-two people were killed and 140 injured when the roof of the hall caved in. It was packed with visitors to Pigeon 2006, a major European racing pigeon show.

The perimeter fence around the exhibition hall today was lined with over 100 candles, planted in the snow by people who travelled to the southern Polish city of Katowice from around Poland to pay tribute to the victims of the disaster.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro today characterized the managers of the exhibition hall as negligent, because survivors reported having to break down blocked doors to escape as the roof caved in.

Earlier today, Ziobro and a police spokesman revised the death toll in the building disaster from 67 to 62.

(compiled from agencies)