Parents’ Grief Turns to Rage at Chinese Officials

Enraged by shoddy construction of their children’s schools which lead to their deaths, parents in areas hit by the earthquake are increasingly speaking out against local officials for their role in the tragedy, leading one official to get down on his knees to beg parents to stop their . From the New York Times:

Parents of the estimated 10,000 children who lost their lives in the quake have grown so enraged about collapsed schools that they have overcome their usual caution about confronting Communist Party officials. Many say they are especially upset that some schools for poor students crumbled into rubble even though government offices and more elite schools not far away survived the May 12 quake largely intact.

On Tuesday, an informal gathering of parents at Juyuan Middle School in Dujiangyan to commemorate their children gave way to unbridled fury. One of the fathers in attendance, a quarry worker named Liu Lifu, grabbed the microphone and began calling for justice. His 15-year-old daughter, Liu Li, was killed along with her entire class during a biology lesson.

“We demand that the government severely punish the killers who caused the collapse of the school building,” he shouted. “Please, everyone sign the petition so we can find out the truth.”

Official on knees

Jiang Guohua, the Communist Party boss of Mianzhu, knelt Sunday to ask parents of earthquake victims to abandon their protest. By Shiho Fukada for The New York Times
May 28, 2008, 12:04 PM
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