Shanghai NYE: As People Were Dying, Local Officials Feasted

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From NetEase:

During the Shanghai Trampling Incident, Some Huangpu District Government Leaders Were Nearby Having a Lavish Feast

That the details of “government leaders/officials having lavish feast” can be exposed is not without relevance to the Bund Trampling Incident. Although there is no obvious connection between the two, their shared time and place makes it easy for people to interpret them “as a package” [conflate the two].

New Year’s Eve on the Bund was when lives were trampled and lost. Recently, the media has been restoring the truth of what happened in this tragedy, with one “inconspicuous” detail attracting the public’s attention: On the night of the Bund festivities, some Huangpu district government leaders/officials happened to be dining at a high-end restaurant nearby, the Kongchan Japanese Restaurant. This restaurant only has four dining rooms, and only three levels of meals: 1888 yuan [RMB] per person, 2888 yuan per person, or 3888 yuan per person [300, 470, or 630 USD]. There is no a la carte.

That these details could get netizens’ attention in a report with over a thousand words is only because of a few “highlights”: First, on the night of the incident, some local government officials were near the scene of festivities having a luxurious feast. How luxurious? Just look at the prices, where even the lowest is 1888 yuan. Second, this high-end restaurant is also a Huangpu district state-invested company, so the district’s officials can directly expense their dining there.

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Under the current “Eight Regulations” of strict conduct, it is difficult for the officials involved who gathering together to feast to escape people’s misgivings: Just who exactly is footing the bill? If it is them individually, then perhaps there is nothing to blame, but in light of the extremely high prices and the nature of the restaurant, according to common sense conjecture, it may very likely be public funds paying the bill. If indeed that is the case, this is nothing other than brazenly violating the law.

Moreover, the main party controlling this luxurious restaurant named “Kongchan” is the district’s State Asset Supervision and Administration Commission, and yet they allow the government officials to expense it, making it perhaps no different from the cafeterias of certain employers, in the grey area of using public funds to wine and dine. Under such a situation, the relevant disciplinary inspection commission and supervisory/regulatory departments should immediately investigate just who participated in the lavish feast and whether or not public funds were used.

Going back, that the details of “government leaders/officials having lavish feast” can be exposed is not without relevance to the Bund Trampling Incident. Although there is no obvious connection between the two, their shared time and place makes it easy for people to interpret them “as a package”. While problems built up and culminated in what happened on the Bund, a number of the government leaders responsible for the district were having a lavish feast. When one considers how the inadequacy of safety considerations and lack of preventative measures were also causes of the tragedy, it is difficult to avoid people “comparing/conflating the two”: Could the disaster possibly have been related to “the people being packed together, while they were instead feasting” and a lack of responsibility?

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This speculation may be a bit far-fetched logically but it does not influence public opinion being “resentful”. After all, there having been careless mistakes in governance leading up to the crisis [trampling] is a fact, and multiple government leaders eating a lavish feast that night is also a fact. Together, they point to a breach of responsibility/dereliction of duty.

Public opinion being angry is understandable, but it should be understood that regardless of whether or not the trampling tragedy occurred, if the government leaders involved used public funds to feast, the local State Asset Supervision and Administration Commission has a luxurious restaurant, and as long there were regulation violations, they should all be lawfully held accountable. The reason for the Bund trampling incident should be investigated, and whether or not Huangpu district government leaders had ignored public safety issues, and brazenly violated regulations in having a lavish feast, should likewise be investigated, in order to give the public a proper resolution.

She Zongming (media worker)

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Comments from NetEase:

精品土鸡配送 [网易重庆市手机网友]:

Strictly investigate the diners, it was surely using public funds for wining and dining, because who would spend their own money to go eat [at that price].

白头发的hkdg [网易北京市手机网友]:

The nice things [benefits, privileges, perks] specially provided to government leaders already far exceeds what the ordinary rabble can imagine. I can’t even imagine what you eat for 3888. [These] government leaders are cruel!”

网易天津市手机网友 ip:123.150.*.* (responding to above)

3888 yuan a person. Remember, that’s per person, not the price per table.

网易河南省平顶山市手机网友 ip:115.58.*.*

I support the central government’s anti-corruption efforts!

网易江苏省手机网友 ip:183.207.*.*

The Beijing News [the paper this editorial is originally from], well done/said.

网易上海市网友 ip:101.228.*.*

No comment.

艹太累了 [网易湖南省邵阳市手机网友]:

3888 a person is like eating an ordinary commoner’s ration [of food] for an entire year.

网易山西省太原市手机网友 ip:110.178.*.*


1, it was after work, so what’s wrong with them going there to eat a meal?
2, as long as they don’t expense the price of the meal, is there a problem?
3, even if that place was high-end, where each person spends more than 1000, if they often went there to dine, then there would be a problem, but what’s wrong with them going there once to dine for the New Year?

七彩PanDa [网易广东省肇庆市手机网友]:

My monthly salary is 120,000 and even I wouldn’t go eat a meal costing over a thousand per person, much less those civil servants who claim they only make several thousand [a month] in salary?

网易湖北省武汉市手机网友 ip:113.57.*.*

A lot of government leaders in many places these days waste money like this. I have personally experienced/seen this.

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  • Paul Shanahan

    A change is a-coming,

  • Well, if these diners were using “public funds to foot the bill”, then they are either extremely connected, arrogant or stupid considering the perceived “crack down” on corruption in China.
    I suspect everyone knows the story of the scorpion and the frog…so perhaps it is their nature.

    • mr.wiener

      Less of a story than an indication of the state of affairs that exists in China and will continue to affect the future of China…
      “Ladies and gentlen you have feasted well I trust, you have eaten on the strength of the chinese people and drunk your fill on their labor… soon the time of feasting will be over”

      • so this story was created and planted to gain the desired reaction and diversion?

        • David

          I think the story reflects that many netizens are more aware of the general state of corruption and incompetence in China and they will use any excuse to connect a well reported tragedy to this. It is frustration by the people. I beleive Kai when he says this was a big story before it was reported so the website had to report it.

    • FYIADragoon

      The crackdown has been a farce since the beginning, it’s just a power purge. He’s too directed in which industries he’s going after. It’s too much to expect a direct recipient of nepotism to go after corruption.

      • takasar1

        a power purge that has removed the most powerful opponents to his reforms…

    • David

      I am not sure if you are joking. You do realize any sort of ‘crackdown on corruption’ only occurs when you have pissed off somebody above you (like not giving your boss the right amount of payoff), somebody wants to eliminate the horizontal competition or the government plays up one of these arrests to pacify the general public so they don’t complain too much about the real institutionalized corruption?

  • Mihel

    Although there is no obvious connection between the two [people dying in the bund trampling incident & officials feasting], their shared time and place makes it easy for people to interpret them “as a package”.

    Then don’t use misleading headlines, further fueling the hate.

    • Guest

      The optics don’t look good at all. All this raises more questions regarding fair salaries and possible corruption. If these government officials were self made people without the injection of corrupt cash, then I would applaud them and say, it’s quite an unfortunate circumstance. However as politicians, everything you do is under the microscope of the people. It comes with the job. With Chinese society the way it is today, I would be highly sceptical that these government officials were not dinning unethically on the people’s money.

      • Mihel

        Whether the above mentioned officials are corrupt or not, putting their lavish expenses side to side with the news of people dying in the incident makes them look worse than they actually are. And chances are their are already pretty bad, but not I’m-partying-with-people-dying-in-front-of-me* kind of bad.

        * (c) Walder Frey

      • Luke the Duke

        ‘However as politicians, everything you do is under the microscope of the people.’

        Therefore if they are dining out late one night and coincidentally at the same time a public order incident occurs in the same city, they deserve to have their dinner conflated with the unrelated tragedy?

        • redgirls

          Yes that is what they signed up for.

    • slob

      I was under the impression that they knew people were dying and continued to stuff their faces which is what the title implies. I see no indication of that at all.

      Media is bullshit in every country and have to rely on exaggerated titles to attract attention to mediocre stories. Journalists and paparazzi are a fucking joke.

      • Mighty曹

        That’s why I never trust the media 100%. The best example is with that Wuhan female bus driver who got assaulted and the news portrayed her to be the victim of a senseless crime.

  • 宋易

    Disasters are spotlights on corruption.

  • Amused

    In all fairness, wtf were they supposed to be doing on New Years.

    • Mighty曹

      Good point!

    • Cynic-Al

      Not celebrating “kitsch” western festivals!

      • Mihel

        Western festival + Japanese food.
        Tacky.

    • xiaode

      ooo.. they should have went to a traditional Chinese whorehouse (aka KTV) and spent the peoples money there… instead of using it to buy the enemies delicious food!

    • simon

      not using public funds to eat at a high end restaurant for one, and trust me even though currently it’s not possible to determine whether they used public funds, they did. because chinese government officials (or government officials in general) are cheap skates, why would they pay with their own money when they can get the public to pay.

    • redgirls

      In all fairness they were supposed to drop their spoons and get their collective asses to the important offices of the( ministry of what ever the fuck tax payers are paying them to do) and at least pretend to captain the ship that has run into foul weather and not delegate it to the first mate. Just a thought, call me crazy or do they really dream of electric sheep?

      • David

        Do you live in China? I mean, I think your comment is either very sarcastic or really naive. Of course public officials in most civilized countries are accountable to the public (ether directly through elections or from those who have oversight on them, like prosecutors) but this is China where everybody plays the same game and nobody rocks the boat.

        • redgirls

          Perhaps yes, I am naive to the politic in china as, I do not live in china but I walk in the mud of politics most days and they are each public representatives elected for no other purpose than to serve and represent it is clear to me the office each Minister has sworn an oath too, the blueprint is straightforward, when pushed they either must yield or jump.. and yes sometimes it may take a barrister or two to show them an error they may ignore at their peril or not but the basic premise of their office remains the same..regardless.

      • Amused

        If I dream of electric sheep will I become a Cyber Scotsman?

  • Apothis

    This sounds like something out of the US main stream media….dripping with lefty liberalism….Et tuo China?

    • David

      What a weird statement. China is nominally a communist economy and socialist country, which is pretty left (in U.S. political terms). Why are you surprised?

    • redgirls

      lefty liberalism.. such an americanism

    • Jahar

      please explain where the liberalism come into the situation.

  • FYIADragoon

    They’re all getting fired. The fact that the restaurant is designed to be expensed by government officials is already evident that its for spending public funds. It makes sense to party on New Year’s Eve, but you do it on your own dime.

    • Xia

      Do you know how many employees are partying on their company’s dough on NYE, not just the Chinese ones?

      • FYIADragoon

        Those are parties that are held by the company, it is different. I’m able to expense items at my company, but I can tell you that questions are raised when you expense something that isn’t as obviously beneficial to the company as a plane flight to a conference. That there is a restaurant specifically for this action makes it evident that there’s something wrong here. I understand that the government officials deserve a cafeteria of some sort, but an 1888 RMB meal is not a cafeteria meal. Questions need to be asked about why the government is running this restaurant and the people who have dined there.

        What will happen though is the 3 officials will be sacked, the restaurant will maybe be closed and no one will talk about this again.

        • David

          I think the fact that this restaurant s owned by the county and is used by county officials to expense it back to the people is proof that it is done all the time and nothing will happen to them.

  • Luke the Duke

    I’m not sure whether or not I’m reassured that the Chinese media appears to be just as bad as Western media when it comes to shamelessly sensationalising non-events such as this.

    • NeverMind

      I’m also not sure where the ‘Chinese media is heavily censored and doesn’t allow criticism of the officials’ fits in after reading this CS post.

    • Jahar

      I can’t say I recall western media with headlines as misleading as this.

  • yurah

    People need to understand that the rich don’t care about the poor.

    • Mihel

      People already understand that rich don’t care for the poor. What they actually need to understand is that rich are under no moral obligation to care for the poor, and that not caring for the poor doesn’t make rich people “evil”.

      Those in the article aren’t just rich people though, those are officials, so it’s kind of their job to care for the poor, among other things.

    • firebert5

      Well, when you spend all of the people’s lives drilling into them that “The Party is your parent,” they kind of need to care if they are going to be sincere about it.

      • David

        Well, I believe you have hit the nail on the head. They have never had any intention of being sincere about it.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    Wait so now they are being blamed for celebrations?

  • Irvin

    Better than what george bush did after hearing about the twin tower, the twat was still holding the children’s book upside down and said “oh”.

    • Zappa Frank

      apparently americans appreciated his reaction since he got voted again

      • gregblandino

        We try to forgot that whole period between 2000 to oh say 2007 ever happened. George W.? Never heard of the man.

        • Zappa Frank

          I try to forget the period 2001 – 2011.. 10 years of Berlusconi.. the beginning of the end

          • gregblandino

            I was going to say at least Berlusconi didn’t get you guys into an idiotic clusterfuck in Iraq, but then I fact checked and yea he did. I need to read more…

        • David

          I don’t think that is a fair assessment at all. Although it is a better reaction than most liberals in America who still blame everything we are having problems with now on him.

          • Jahar

            You mean the huge deficit caused by the Iraq war? Or the banking mess caused by regan-bush sr.-clinton undoing the glass-steagall act?

          • David

            Well, since CONGRESS controls the budget, not the president, why don’t you blame them? Each year of his presidency, President Bush offered a budget to congress and they approved it. In addition to the fact that it was a congress controlled by the opposite political party as the president, the amount spent on the war each year pails in comparison to what was spent on earmarks. That being said I was not happy with how much he spent on federal spending the last 3 years of his presidency. I believe in a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget but the current president has not had a SINGLE budget passed in 6 years, despite having total control of congress for 4 years and control of the senate for 6 years (most of his budgets were voted down like 90-10 even by the senate controlled by his own party).

          • Jahar

            I just asked which issue you were referring to. I think it’s funny when you guys throw around the word “liberal” as if it is an insult. And obviously it’s not just liberals that blame him for problems. As you say liberals blame Bush, but conservatives blame Obama and before that, Clinton. They always blame the other guy.

            Regardless of who passes what, the President leads the country, and is going to bear responsibility for what happens while he is in office, whether it’s justified or not.

    • David

      Get a life, that is not even what happened 13 years ago and you are still whining about it..

  • Ryo Saeba

    I don’t see anything wrong with this. Those people are just stupid to be crowded up like that in the first place. Imagine if the real cause of the stampede was really those fake money. Really no one else to blame but themselves.

    I went to a fireworks display one year in GZ and it was cold and crowded (not nearly as crowded as this of course but still lots of people). We stayed by the buildings and the fireworks wasn’t even that great. The years after, we went to a club/bar with friends and had much much more fun.

  • MidniteOwl

    The optics don’t look good at all. All this raises more questions regarding fair salaries and possible corruption. If these government officials were self made people without the injection of corrupt cash, then I would applaud them and say, it’s quite an unfortunate circumstance. However as politicians, everything you do is under the microscope of the people. It comes with the job. With Chinese society the way it is today, I would be sceptical that these government officials were not dinning unethically on the people’s money.

  • ClausRasmussen

    Come on… The officials in Harbin was blamed for showing up in numbers at an accident scene and now officials in Shanghai is blamed for not showing up. What the f*ck are they supposed to do ?

    • Mighty曹

      “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” has never been more true.

      • Xia

        ’tis how politics works. That’s exactly why we need democracy to shift the blame back to the stupid people voting for such officials.

    • Teacher in China

      How about not feast at an outrageously expensive restaurant when your official salary is only supposed to be several thousand per month?

      • ClausRasmussen

        True, but that’s general problem in China and not related to the accident. Piggybacking one problem on another unrelated problem to create an outrage is dishonest and manipulative journalism

        • Teacher in China

          Yes, that’s a good point.

        • Kai

          To be fair to the media/journalists, they didn’t create the outrage; it was already there. Netizens were the one who noted what the officials were doing and were instrumental to spreading public outrage about it. It was after it became a controversy with the public online that the media noticed and began commenting on it with reports and editorials like this. Sure, you can say the media is exacerbating it with their institutional reach, but you also have to concede that covering such phenomena is the nature of their job.

          If anything, the author of this editorial at least explicitly points out that the relevance and causal connection between the two is tenuous at best. The truth remains that it is hard to expect the public to not react badly to it, however irrational or even unfair it may actually be. The point I think the author adequately slams home is that there is cause to investigate both things, on their own, even if they have nothing to do with each other.

          • ClausRasmussen

            I am not really fond of this “investigate corrupt politicians” thingy in China. The truth is that almost all high ranking officials are corrupt in some way or another, and that the one singled out for investigated are often done so because of political reasons or because a scapegoat is needed to satisfy public opinion

            What should really be focused on is how to pay these officials a reasonable salary that is related to the status they have and the power they wield. It is completely ridiculous that Xi Jinping have an official salary that compares to what a cleaning assistant make in my country !

  • Mighty曹

    Officials are just getting demonized now. I almost feel sorry for them.

    • firebert5

      No need. They may be spoken ill of, but at the end of the day, they are still in power and the netizens still aren’t.

      • Mighty曹

        I never will. In case you didn’t realize I was being sarcastic, I have zero respect for ‘Officials’.

        • firebert5

          I know. Just stating the obvious.

    • 宋易

      Sometimes when I was a kid, having 3 siblings, my parents werent always sure who misbehaved. One of us would still get punished.

      If later it was found the wrong kid had been punished, my parents would look at us and say, “Well, just consider it punishment for the stuff we didn’t catch you doing. We know we don’t always catch you!” This sounded pretty reasonable to us, even as kids.

      • Mighty曹

        That’s a foolproof system that should be adopted by every parent.

        • 宋易

          Sure, but it would kind of suck if you were an only child, cause then theres no guess, its always your fault. :-D

          • Mighty曹

            Hahaha… that becomes ‘child abuse’.

    • Teacher in China

      No reason to feel sorry for them at all. How can an official possibly afford to eat dinner at a place like that? As one Chinese commenter saud, they apparently only make several thousand per month, yet they can afford a meal that runs more than 1000 per person at the cheapest? These pigs have been feeding at the public’s trough long enough. I say good on the public for exposing every possible infringement – that might scare enough of them into honest behaviour for once in their lives.

      • YourSupremeCommander

        Fact: all officials have some sort of M&E stipend from the government.
        I know someone who gets 100,000 RMB every year. If he doesn’t use it, then its his lost.

        • Teacher in China

          That seems unbelievably high. If it’s true, it must be the exception rather than the rule. Even if it is true, and even if the figure is much lower, say half as much, it’s still another case of corruption in government. No one in China needs an M&E stipend that high.

      • Mighty曹

        You DO know I was kidding, right?

        • Teacher in China

          Yeah, in retrospect I see the sarcasm. Can’t help but fly off the handle a little at shitty corrupt officials doing shitty corrupt things.

  • YourSupremeCommander

    While these people were getting stampeded to death, I was sitting on my toilet taking a smelly dump, completely ignoring what was happening… HOW DARE I!?
    I SHOULD BE LOCKED UP JUST LIKE THEM OFFICIALS!!

    • AbC

      Only if your solid gold toilet was bought with corrupt money or dubiously paid using public funds

    • Jahar

      Hey, I was just playing xcom and eating mcdonalds. I should be locked up with you.

  • Parfait

    Dining in a japanese restaurant: truly hanjian.

    • monster

      but have to admit, jap food is great.
      fresh and taste nature and healthy.

  • Steve Jones

    Power corrupts. But Japanese foods corrupts absolutely.

  • monster

    eat eat eat, eat into prison,eat to death!
    but i do wanna know how shark fin taste like?once a man i was dating wanted to order this for me, i feel it looked just so white, no any source, no interest in it.but now i am so curious!
    i asked some people, they told me dog meat is very tasty!

    • 宋易

      eating shark fin is a rotten thing to do… most of those sharks are immediatel discarded in the ocean after their fins are removed.

      • monster

        i do not care.
        at least date a rich gernerous man is so cool.
        oh, he is a real millionare.
        decent and polite,not as some rubbish pretend single and offer nothing dream free sex and companion.
        even have face to call or add me on yahoo then dare not to fart.
        oh, i never got one coin treat but got insulted for from village and poor…ed, u find any rich sh women to cook for them?

        • hess

          Eattot is definitely one of the reasons i keep coming back to Chinasmack

          • monster

            ha, just get bored in cafe.
            everyday get 1000 from lottery ,easy as fk.
            why am i so smart????

          • 宋易

            youre not.

          • monster

            you know me ????
            my ex knows me well, he always asks my opinion coz i am so smart.
            do not write these kinda wrods to me.

        • 宋易

          Generous men don’t date pigs.

          • monster

            who the fk u r?

          • 宋易

            I r s y.

          • monster

            do u know me ?
            i am not fat now!

            go fk yourself. song your dk!

          • biggj

            Yeah , who the fuck you are?? lol

          • Jahar

            I think it’s that idiot chinese girl everyone used to hate. Forgot the name.

    • David

      Dog just tastes like pork, the same as people meat.

      • monster

        hahaha,so funny!
        the most delicious meat in my experience is bee worms, then goose then lamb then rabbit.
        guess human meat is too salty,even eat boiled egg i can feel the salt inside.

  • Surfeit

    “My monthly salary is 120,000…” PAHAHAHAHA! They just couldn’t resist!

    • NeverMind

      That dude is definitely an official!

      • monster

        it’s a popular joke online for chinese.
        becoz some sicko always like to show off online and make up fake stories about how rich they are,how much their salasy is…
        so, we often say,once go to tianya,120k people everywhere.
        some people they are just sick in spirit, show off what they do not have to get attention.

        • David

          So the number 120K is a normal amount for the joke?

          But what is tianya?

          • gregblandino

            Tianya’s a forum popular with Chinese netizens. It’s not the specific number, it’s just a ridiculous amount that makes it funny. If you do read chinese forums, there is a certain amount of fake “aw shucks” humility like “even though i’ve got a maserati and 3 houses and a 12 inch dick, even I wouldn’t do blah blah blah.” This comment is making fun of that trend I guess.

            View it as the guy in the youtube thread bragging about being a super sniper who can kill trolls from 2 miles away, only for a more materialistic culture.

          • David

            Gottcha. Thanks.

      • Surfeit

        Officially full of shit.

  • Foreign Devil

    If Chinese officials don’t want to be singled out for their incredible wealth. . maybe they should change their name from “Communist Party”. They are the furthest thing from Communal or socialist.

    • Mighty曹

      Hahaha…. I never thought of that. Maybe they can adopt ‘Commonwealth’ from the Brits and tweak it to mean, “Common goal to obtain wealth”.

      • 宋易

        I think foreign devil was thinking more along the lines of aristocracy or plutocracy.

  • biggj

    I almost feel bad for the officials.

    • Chaz

      You’ll get over it

  • biggj

    Where is the proof they were even there? Are there pictures of them in or leaving the restaurant, or is it all just he said she said? My uncle claims Rick James went to his fish and chips stand in the 80’s….I think he’s full of shit and drunk half the time. So his credibility with me went right out the window.

    • Alex Dương

      You want some badly photoshopped “officials in restaurant” photos?

      • biggj

        At least something…this to me is more harm than good for the media and the fight on corruption. At least have evidence or proof…maybe they have some…but I don’t see it in this story.

  • Cameron

    Expecting the CCP to cut out corruption is like expecting KFC to campaign for vegetarianism. If the CCP is a body, corruption is it’s blood. Amusing how some citizens don’t quite get it.

  • Cameron

    If an entirely avoidable tragic event like what happened on the Bund happened in central New York or London, the whole city would be fuming and the authorities would be getting sued left right and centre.

    What happened was effectively gross manslaughter overseen by the CCP, and yet netizens just shrug their shoulders like it was an unavoidable accident because “China has so many people”.

  • biggj

    These guys cant do anything without public outcry. I’m not saying they are innocent in this case, but even when they are, they are still shit on. a government official could save 10 babies from a burning building single handedly and the headline in the news would be ” Government official was caught wearing an expensive______ at the scene of a fire. When they do something wrong, for sure try to shit all over them….but come on…be reasonable.

    But what really pisses me off and to use the tragic death of people to talk about some expensive new years eve dinner they supposedly had. At least show us proof they where there….It’s ridiculous speculation. At least talk about the reason the deaths happened, not some random shit unrelated to the deaths. Hold them accountable for security and whatnot, not some bullshit about a meal.

    To me it the make the media look bad with these crazy unrelated stories to the innocent. Almost makes me think stories like this is what the government wants.Deflect the main issue with some minor sensational issue.Now no one is talking about what caused this, instead we talk about what some unknown fat cat had for dinner. And in a months time we forgot about both innocents and business as usual.

    Notice how they censor grieving people about talking about the deaths but allow this story?? lol

  • Probotector

    How is this the govt officials’ fault. I wonder about mainland Chinese logic; they somehow always twist a problem or a tragedy into being someone else’s fault, like if only the govt had taken the time to teach the people not to be selfish jackasses, then they wouldn’t be selfish jackasses?

  • Dolph Grunt

    Yeah, I don’t get it. Them feasting and the stampede have nothing to do with each other. Granted, from what I’ve read lately, expensive feasts among comrades are a no no, but how does that relate to the stampede? Were they supposed to be providing security instead?

    Sounds more like shifting blame to avoid doing a real investigation… and it sounds like it’s working.

    For whatever reason, the government has been doing it’s darnedest to cover this whole thing up. From banning media interviewing families of victims to monitoring friends and families, they’re trying to shut this thing tighter than a jar of pickles. A friend of mine, in Shanghai, said, “Ironic. They’re providing multitudes more security covering this thing up than they did preventing it in the first place.”

    Seems so…

  • mike921

    Ah the mighty CCP – can’t even control a crowd – they have no chance at controlling the millions of thieving cadres stealing billions….