China marks anniversary of killer Quake, hasn't Wen Jiabao promised to investigate the tofu gov buildings?
China Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake which killed more than 80,000 but some said questions remained over the thousands of children who died as their schools collapsed.
The 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern province of Sichuan on the afternoon of May 12, 2008, with its epicentre at Wenchuan county. Another 4.45 million were hurt in China's worst quake in more than three decades.
The mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, the People's Daily, praised government efforts towards reconstruction but outspoken Internet commentators remembered the thousands of children who died.
"It's the fifth anniversary of the earthquake as well as Mother's Day. Hard to forget those young faces lying under the school buildings," said Fengguo De Wuhou 1117 on a microblog.
"Five years and the promise to thoroughly investigate the 'tofu-built' projects in the quake area still lingers around the ears," said the posting, using a Chinese phrase for shoddy construction.
Thousands of children died and 7,000 schools were badly damaged in the earthquake, triggering accusations of poor construction and corruption, especially as some other buildings nearby remained standing.
Calls for transparency from the government on how many students were killed led to beatings and arrests of activists, including dissident artist Ai Weiwei.
Ai on Sunday tweeted a link to his work "Remembrance", voice recordings of people reading the names of students who died in the earthquake, which he puts at more than 5,000 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFHrRLEy5yI).
Ai was badly beaten by police when he tried to testify in support of activist Tan Zuoren, who had investigated the school buildings.
The state-run People's Daily newspaper called the earthquake a "grave catastrophe" but said the recovery was a symbol of China's strength.
"In less than three years, the Wenchuan disaster zone has completed the task of reconstruction with impressive speed," the newspaper said in a front-page commentary.
"To achieve a new victory of building a prosperous society, this is the best way to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake," it said.
That 6.6-magnitude tremor centred in Sichuan's Lushan county killed 196 people, with 21 missing and more than 13,000 injured, according to state media.
"regarding the tofu building?
remain rumor spreading among the people
the standard required in china- are quite low before the earthquake
sichuan never experience such big earthquake before -standard are low"
Haven't your masters told you Sichuan is in the heart of a quake zone for thousands of years?
Japan is also situated in a quake zone, the caring and democratic Japanese government does not take long to have all buildings and infrastructures built in the highest standards so almost none or very few casualties are reported throughout the years. The drastic difference in quake casulties between China and Japan obviously is between a caring and responsible government vs a corrupted, greedy and cruel regime.
We've often seen some respectful outspoken Chinese Nationals immediately "disappear" from Yahoo Answer after their dislike of CCP is expressed on here.
CCP is a whole bunch of greedy, ruthless gangsters who do things totally out of their private pockets greed.
Similar to Tibetans and Xinjiangers, Hongkongers are increasingly fed up of the loads of ruthless, ill-mannered and greedy Mainlanders deliberately dumped onto HK by CCP, destroying peace and cultures there.
Since 1997 merging with China, CCP has already dumped 900,000 ruthless and poor Mainland immigrants to HK, these people are lazy, not follow the cultures and traditions of Hongkongers, and expect HK taxpayers to hand them all the free benefits. We have one good example on Yahoo Answer, CCP the Lap Dog.
The displease of Hongkongers towards CCP/Mainlanders purposedly diluting HK's cultures and traditions is expressed as follows by bloggers there,
Greedy, corrupted and abusive Mainlanders should all be expelled out of the city perm