Questions Raised Over Who is Behind Nationwide Fire Disasters in China
An unexpected bus fire and bombing
occurred in Xiamen, Fuijian Province.
Local police authorities have given different accounts,
and have announced a swift clearing up of the case.
However, no details of the handling of the case was made
public, nor was evidence collected during the investigation.
The Chinese Communist Part (CCP) authorities have
openly banned media reporters from taking local interviews.
All theses actions have been
strongly questioned by the public.
Netizens are asking who were behind so many
disasters that have taken place in the past few days?
A bus fire occurred on June 7 in Xiamen city,
causing 47 deaths, with a further 8 people missing.
Within 24 hours, local police authorities claimed
that they have tracked down the criminals responsible.
The arsonist was Chen Shuizong, a local petitioner
aged 60, who started the fire to vent his resentment.
Police authorities alleged that the proof of guilt
was his farewell letter and micro-blog messages.
However, they refused to make this farewell letter public.
Meanwhile, many other doubts have
been cast over the official allegations.
Many posts have flooded the internet,
containing analyses and questioning.
Most were removed quickly by the CCP internet censors.
On June 9, Radio France Internationale reported
on the CCP Propaganda authorities’ orders
regarding news coverage of the incident.
Major media reporters are banned from
going to Xiamen to take interviews.
All reporters who have set off or who have
arrived there are required to return immediately.
All media in China are only allowed to use
Xinhua News Agency news scripts, and
information announced by local authorities.
The description of the incident should be
based on the police authorities’ conclusion.
The incident should be “moderately”
reported in content and in quantity.
No hypes shall be made on the criminal suspect,
his criminal details, and on the horrifying scene.
Liu Yiming, Columnist in China: “It’s very unusual that
the propaganda authorities issued such a specific ban.
This indicates that there’s a lot of darkness behind it.
For example, why did the arsonist start the fire?
This may have more to do with the social
order, and his personal experiences.
The authorities might fear that media exaggeration
will arouse public sympathy for the arsonist.
They may fear this could trigger more people to follow suit.”
A survivor of the bus fire confirmed to
NTD that there was an on-the-spot arsonist.
But they couldn’t be identified as Chen Shuizong.
NTD journalist: “Did you witness the arsonist?
How old was he and what he looked like?”
Anon survivor: “He was thin, in his 50s. He seemed very
silent, and carried a blanket that was put under his feet.”
NTD journalist: “Do you believe that
the arsonist was that petitioner?”
Anon survivor: “I don’t know. But anyhow,
I really saw him igniting the fire.
It diffused all over his body instantly.
He set a blanket-like quilt on fire.”
The survivor says that the high rate
of casualties was mainly caused by
failure to break the emergency window.
He revealed that nearly all passengers who stayed
in the latter part of the bus were engulfed by the fire.
The survivor says he took camera
phone pictures before the fire started.
So he filmed a 10-second video clip covering
the scenes, before and after the fire was ignited.
He sent it to the media and the police,
which was subsequently never announced.
Anon survivor: “I filmed the fleeting
moment when the carriage caught fire.
I’ve given it to the police, and it didn’t keep personally.”
Netizens commented that even if Chen Shuizong was the
arsonist, the government couldn’t absolve itself from blame.
Media reported that Chen Shuizong
visited a local police station 22 times.
He was trying to apply for social security.
But he was repeatedly refused.
None of these facts were mentioned
in the official announcements.
The authorities only claimed that Chen
had “experienced disappointment in his life”.
Wu Youshui, Chief arbitrator, Hangzhou city: “This
reflects social conflicts commonly existing in China.
An ordinary citizen was treated badly by
the authorities in getting social welfare.
This had caused a social conflict,
which later victimizes other innocents.
So the authorities should take this introspectively.
Today, social conflicts are actually very acute in China.
If these problems remain unchanged, there will be
further similar cases to be expected in the future.”
When the bus fire broke out, the CCP
leader Xi Jinping was visiting the U.S.
During Xi’s overseas trip, over
10 fires have occurred across China.
These included a Sinograin grain depot in Helongjiang,
a petrochemical plant in Dalian, a poultry farm in Jilin,
a chemical plant in Jiangxi, and a lubricants plant in Jinan.
Netizens question who was
really behind so many disasters?