48 People Killed In Xiamen Bus Accident
On the evening of June 7, a rapid transit system bus
in Xiamen caught fire near Cai Tong station.
At least 48 people were killed and 33 people were injured.
Local netizens said that it was the day of college entrance
exams so there were students on the bus.
Many parents shuttled between local hospitals,
asking for the whereabouts of their loved ones.
Qwen Yunchao, human rights activist, said on Twitter,
“from the photo, the fire started from inside.
If the power system was on fire, the fire would start from
the rear, but it would not cause so many casualties.
My guess is that someone provided a large quantity of
combustion material to cause that much damage.”
Some netizen said: “It is not a simple fire;
it may even be a terrorist attack.”
Upcoming trial Of Former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun
On June 9, former Minister of Railways and party secretary,
Liu Zhijun, will appear at Beijing Second Intermediate People’s
Court for trial. He is accused of bribery and abuse of power.
It is understood that Liu Zhijun helped businesswoman Ding
invest in railway related industries.
Ding profited illegally by three billion yuan.
Last August, Liu was reported of committing
six disciplinary violations.
As well as bribery, Liu is also accused of
fooling around with many women.
During his eight-year-tenure, Liu Zhijun vigorously promoted
high-speed rail networks, High-speed rail accidents also occurred frequently.
In April 2008, in Shandong Jinan Railway train derailment
and collision, 70 people died and 416 people were injured.
In July 2011, during the Wenzhou railway accident,
many carriages derailed, overturning, and
even falling under the bridge,
but the death toll was only 40 people.
The public suspected officials were concealing the truth.
Chen Guangfu Unexpectedly Gets A Passport
While Chinese President Xi Jinping met with U.S. President
Barack Obama in the US, Chen Guangfu, brother of the blind
activist Chen Guangcheng, received his first passport
from Beijing authorities on June 7.
Chen Guangfu told “BBC" correspondent in Beijing that
he and his mother had repeatedly applied for a passport.
Each time the local authorities in Shandong refused their
applications for various reasons until May 28.
Chen Guangfu said they don’t know why the authorities
suddenly wanted to send them the passports.
Beijing human rights lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan told the media
that having a passport does not necessarily mean one can go abroad.
Authorities can find various reasons to stop
one from leaving the country.
Last year, Chen Guangcheng escaped from his house arrest
and went to the United States.