Online Lynch Mobs Finds Second Post-Quake Target; Liaoning Girl Detained by the Police

The death toll from the Sichuan earthquake has reached more than 51,000 and the estimated number of deaths, missing and buried is now more than 70,000. However, a Liaoning girl uploaded a video criticizing how the Sichuan quake impacted citizens, which aroused online anger and resulted in her detention. From Shanghaiist:

Via Speak4China which is rapidly becoming one of our favourite blogs: Shortly after Chinese netizens launched a “human flesh search engine” and elicited a tearful response from a group of three Sichuan students for their earthquake interview prank, the online lynch mobs have quickly found a new target in a Liaoning girl by the name of Gao Qianhui (高千惠). But this time we think that she kinda deserved it. First let’s check out her crime, which is this 5 minute video you see on the right. Gao was basically annoyed with the 3 day period of national mourning during which she could not watch her favourite television programme nor play any games online and decided to record the video, in which she said some pretty nasty things about the victims of the Sichuan quake. Here are several rough translations of a few snippets:

“I turn on the TV and what do I see? Dead bodies, injured people, corpses, rotten bodies, all the crazy acts you guys are putting up. It’s not that I want to watch these things. I have no choice. Look, now the entire internet is black-and-white and without colour. Do you think we’re all colourblind like you? Have your eyes been hit by so much rubble you can’t see any colour now?

May 22, 2008 9:07 AM
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