Parents Wait for Answers on Quake School

AP reports on a sit-in by parents whose children were killed when their school was destroyed in the Wenchuan earthquake. The parents were asking for the results of an investigation into why the school collapsed so easily:

The parents sat in the shade ignoring pleas from local leader Zhang Qing to board buses that would take them to a larger town nearby to meet government officials.

“If they just go with me to a quieter place … they would hear the answers,” Zhang said. “We have to listen to what they say. They are not going to tell you here.”

After a standoff that lasted at least three hours, the parents got on the buses.

In the afternoon, at least two foreign journalists, including an Associated Press reporter who spoke to parents at the school, were detained by police.

Read also an investigation from Caijing Magazine on the collapsed school, as well as more reports on the subject via CDT.

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