» 02/24/2009, 00.00
Superficial calm follows rioting over lack of aid for Sichuan earthquake victims
More than 1.4 billion yuan have disappeared from the donations for reconstruction. The local authorities are withholding the aid and using it to build a highway. One person died in the riots, and at least 10 more were wounded. Many have been arrested.
Children killed by Party corruption, more than by the earthquake
Local officials embezzled more than 85% of the funds destined for school construction. Construction companies, forced to work for much less money than expected, "saved" on materials. The results of an initial investigation.
Sichuan earthquake: government prohibits investigations into collapsed schools
On May 12, 2008, about 10,000 students died in the schools, which collapsed like "tofu puddings," while the surrounding buildings remained standing. The government is telling parents asking for justice that there will be no investigations. The bitter resignation of those who have lost their only child.
Beijing says earthquake will make Chinese economy grow
Government experts maintain that the work of reconstruction will have positive effects on the economy. Meanwhile, Beijing is arresting anti-corruption activists, is not responding to the parents of students who died beneath the schools, and is lodging accusations against donor companies. The "strange" management of the post-earthquake situation.
Beijing wants to implement more social justice, to prevent protests
A member of the Politburo says that social problems and injustices must be resolved, to prevent protests. But police presence will be increased in rural areas. Meanwhile, in Gansu, the governor reassures demonstrators that he will hear their requests, but the police are arresting them.
Sichuan earthquake, an official source admits possibility schools were badly built
A high ranking official speaks of the possibility of defects in school buildings. Meanwhile Chinese authorities report 5.335 students killed in collapse of schools, but experts say the toll is far higher. Ahead of the anniversary, police threaten foreign press for seeking to speak to parents of dead students.
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