The scale of the bungled coverup
by China's Communist rulers of the chemical plant explosion that poisoned the Songhua river with cancer-causing benzene is astonishing. Ten days
after the explosion, the authorities had said nothing whatsoever. The day before they were to shut off the water to Harbin, a city of four million, they announced that the water supply would be shut off "for maintenance".
The incompetents at the top panicked and did not even inform Harbin's authorities for six days; they instead tried to solve the problem by releasing extra water into the river. The propaganda department's censorship orders were readied immediately to prevent newspapers from reporting the event.
Meanwhile, thousands of people were allowed to use polluted water for over a week. And on the 28th of November, the governor of the province defended the coverup as "a lie of good intention".
No, it wasn't.
The Communists think this is a legitimate way
to deal with the public, and business will continue as usual. Hu Jintao's government seems to be working hard on getting information to Communist apparatchiks faster...but not to the public. Are they lying about human transmission of avian flu, too?