I knew that the cleanup of a blast caused by chemical compounds can be incredibly difficult, and even the most efficient government is likely to make mistakes while trying to do so. It's difficult to know what the clean up will need to be like, and there is a learning curve. I expected as much in this situation, too.
What I didn't expect (but am not surprised by) is that the Chinese government would begin censoring those seeking more information and explanations of what happened in Tianjin and what is happening during the cleanup process.
Here's what I've gathered:
- China admitted to closing down about 50 sites for spreading "explosion rumors" it considered detrimental to the recovery efforts.
- Freeweibo is a site that captures Weibo posts that get deleted by the government. A few deleted showed questions about why the government officials at the press conferences were 'so calm,' why there haven't been any 3rd party investigators brought in, and why such dangerous materials were within 600 meters of residential facilities, which isn't allowed by Chinese law.
I wasn't suspicious of the explosion, and I figured there would be some difficulties with the cleanup. But now I am very, very suspicious.
What is going on in Tianjin?