China Detains Quake School Critic

Reuters reports that Zeng Hongling, a strident critic of the ‘tofu dregs construction’ in Sichuan, has been detained by Chinese police.

Chinese police have detained a retired teacher on subversion charges after she decried the state of many schools buildings that toppled during last month’s devastating earthquake, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said on Wednesday.

The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said police in southwest China’s Sichuan province detained Zeng Hongling for “inciting subversion” after she wrote essays arguing that corruption made a mockery of school building standards.

The more than 70,000 people killed in the May 12 quake included thousands of children crushed in schools, which often collapsed even as nearby apartments and government offices stayed upright.