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Liuzhou Explosions Updates

UPDATE 1

Another report suggests that a shopping mall, a prison, a county government office, a supermarket, a transport station, a hospital, a staff dormitory of animal husbandry, a vegetable market, and a disease control center were hit.

It is being suggested, but not confirmed that the incidents were in Liucheng county to the north of the city.

UPDATE 2

A few pictures are  being posted (supposedly from Twitter according to some western newspapers) claiming to be evidence of these explosions. Two things stand out.

One: Twitter is blocked in China. The pictures are in fact from Weibo – a Government controlled Chinese alternative to Twitter.

Two: These explosions seem to have brought down buildings which probably changes your notion of “parcel bomb”.

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Weibo post from Liucheng

This image shows a damaged building in Liucheng, a town to the north of Liuzhou city proper.

Tomorrow is the start of a seven-day public holiday for China’s 66th national day. There will be little if any news coming out during that time.

UPDATE 3 – Midnight  30th September/1st October

According to the usually reliable South China Morning Post, the explosions, now numbered at 17, all took place in Liucheng County Town, north of Liuzhou city. It also seems the death toll has risen to 7.

They also report that a 33-year-old man identified only by the surname Wei has been arrested. They say there is no political terrorism link.

They also say that a total of 60 suspect devices have been found and that the remainder were undelivered and remain under police guard.

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At the same time the Guardian are still reporting that “at least one more explosion hit downtown Liuzhou, away from Liucheng county. [Xinhua] did not say whether there were any casualties from that blast or whether it was connected to the ones in Liucheng.” (That story has since been dropped)

The rumour machine is in full swing.

UPDATE 4 – October 1st 

The BBC and others are reporting that a further device, the 18th,  exploded this morning in an apartment block in Liucheng. No injuries have been reported.

Local postal deliveries have been suspended until the weekend.

UPDATE 5 – October 1st, 22:35 pm

Rather than quell rumours and misinformation by issuing any real news, the authorities are now playing their usual game. All mention of the explosions is being deleted from social media sites, as are any photographs. All media sites have been instructed only to report what information is issued by Xinhua, the state press agency – i.e. nothing. One day the cretins will realise that this just makes things worse.

UPDATE 6 – October 2nd, 01:35 (Yes, I’m going to bed soon.)

CRI (China Radio International), another party media outlet, is reassuring and diverting us by featuring shots of happy Liuzhou citizens celebrating the 66th anniversary of Mao’s declaration of the People’s Republic in 1949. The only explosions round here are those of joy!

At the same time, perhaps the most bizarre news is that Singapore has announced that no Singaporeans have died in Liuzhou in the last few days. Strait Times (subscription only).

UPDATE 7 – October 2nd, 10:10 am

Censorship instructions to the media have been leaked and translated. A sample:

Central Propaganda Department: The media must not send reporters to cover the series of explosions that occurred in Liucheng County, Guangxi and surrounding areas without permission, and must not set up special topic [coverage]. If covering the incident, use dispatches from sources such as Xinhua News Agency as the norm.

Cyberspace Administration of China: Regarding the explosions that occurred in Liucheng County, Liuzhou, Guangxi, websites nationwide may only use one picture taken from a long distance. All close-range photographs must be deleted without exception, including Weibo and WeChat. Please deal with this immediately.

X Province Propaganda Department: Regarding the explosions in Liucheng County, Guangxi, republish only authoritative sources such as Xinhua News Agency. Do not independently gather or edit [information]. Do not compile and post information on Weibo or WeChat, do not offer special topic [coverage], do not live broadcast video. Violators must immediately redress this and delete [the offending content], no exceptions. News clients and cell phone WAP websites must also implement these directives. Interactive platforms must not hype, gather, or recommend related information.

More here. Chinese here.

UPDATE 8 – October 2nd, 14:13

Most Chinese internet news sites and other media are covering the Oregon shootings in great detail and outrage while simultaneously censoring almost all news about the Guangxi bombings.

MAJOR UPDATE – October 3rd

Suspect now said to be dead. See here.

This page will be updated as reliable news comes in.

See also Liuzhou or Liucheng?

. This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 11:18 pm and is filed under Censorship, Explosions, Liuzhou News, Stupidity, Updates. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Liuzhou Explosions Updates”

  1. Ray Ducray Says:

    Thanks Ken for the informed news. Any news we would receive in this part of the world will surely be distorted by at least 2 or 3 different agencies that it has been passed on by. I am sure all be restored very quickly, once the “Machine” gets going.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    There are a lot of unsubstantiated rumours flying around – as usual. The fact that the local press have closed down for the national day holiday is only fueling that. The party probably prefer it that way. One day the clowns will work out that denying people real news just means that they make up their own.

  3. Laura Yu Says:

    Yes thanks Ken. Just thinking of students who came from there. As you say- a change in the notion of a parcel bomb



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