Even though the posts and comments on the issue were being deleted by the 五毛党 (wu mao dang, government censors) almost as fast as people could post them, much of the commentary did get through.
Some of the more extreme stuff has been completely deleted. One particularly disturbing post was one that identified the driver of the second train, saying that maybe he was sleeping or not alert because he was quite old, and calling him a murderer. It reported that the conductor’s body was dismembered but still hanging from the cockpit of the train, and that survivors and bystanders at the scene were throwing dirty water on his corpse and blocking rescuers from removing the body. All the commenters were viciously cursing the driver.
Most of the posts identifying and cursing the railways ministry boss (Zhang Shuguang) are also now deleted, but there was yesterday a big one going around with a picture of his face with a big X across it.
Here are some highlights..........notice the numbers at the bottom, these posts have all been retweeted by tens or hundreds of thousands of people!!
|At the top are the 4 biggest party newspapers in the country, and their headline was on some military meeting, with no mention of Wenzhou. Below are all the other smaller newspapers in the country which all had Wenzhou on the front page.|
The overwhelming sentiment was anger and disgust not about the accident but about the way that the government and the Railways Ministry was handling the aftermath. With so many people now using Weibo, news travels extremely fast and lots of people have access to information in a way that was unthinkable only a couple years ago.