Police Detain Parents After China Quake City Protest

From Reuters:

Police in southwestern China on Saturday detained and also beat up some parents who tried to protest outside a city hall, demanding answers to the school collapses in last month’s earthquake which killed their children.

“They detained several of the parents’ representatives. We are trying to get them released. They detained eight people,” said Hu Jian, a resident of Dujiangyan, a small city 50 km (30 miles) from the Sichuan province capital of Chengdu.

His daughter was crushed to death when her school collapsed.

The quake in Sichuan province killed some 70,000 people, and many parents of the 9,000 or so children killed blame the flimsy school buildings and officials whom they claim spurned building safety rules.

Read also No answers for Chinese who lost children to quake by Cara Anna.



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