Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Guardian Predicts Past – Updated

Only days after predicting the future,the Guardianhastakento predictingthe past. According to theirstory today, "Thousands of injured earthquake victims will be moved to neighbouring provinces…" and "...soon be moved to Guangzhou, Chongqing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Kunming and Xi'an."

Sichuan victim being transferred to a Guangzhou hospitalIn fact, this began last Tuesday. The Chinese press was full of stories and pictures of victims being moved by plane or train to Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xi'an and Liuzhou – and Liuzhou television showed patients arriving at the People's Hospital.

I walked past the hospital just an hour ago and the main gate was being guarded rather heavily by police who had set up barriers to prevent cars getting near. Not sure what that is all about. Maybe no connection.

The Guardian's coverage of the earthquake has been bad. On the 20th they were saying that the local donations "for disaster relief have reached 10.8bn yuan (790,000)" Someone should buy them a new calculator. 10.8 bn yuan is 790 million.

They also repeatedly claimed that China set off air raid sirens and blared car horns to mark the end of the 3 minute silence on Monday (despite the evidence to the contrary in videos which they posted on their own website.) The sirens and horns wailed during the silence.


UPDATE 21:22 – 24th May 2008

I nowknow what was going on atthe hospital. Thesecond groupof Sichuan earthquake victims were arriving.

Sichuan patients arrive in Liuzhou

Sichuan survivors arrive in Liuzhou for hospital treatment.

Sichuan earthquake survivors arrive in Liuzhou for hospital treatment.

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