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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Earthquake parents pressed to sign document promising silence

There's a story in the July 24th New York Times about parents of children killed in collapsed schools being pressed by officials to sign a document in which they request aid, praise the care of the Party and government, and promise not to make trouble. The amount of money is not mentioned in the document, but is apparently about $8800 in cash and a "per-parent pension" (annual? for life?) of about $5600.

Click here for a copy of the document the parents are asked to sign; sorry I don't have time to offer a translation.

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The document the parents asked to sign is an application for assistance, and promise not to participate in any "activities that would affect the post-disaster reconstruction". I guess that should include any rally praising the reconstruction effort, and support of officials and organizations handling the reconstruction.

It is just an application, so signing it does not mean you are getting the assistance. But you have already vowed not to say anything about it. Good gagging instrument.

Posted by: Bill | Jul 24, 2008 5:06:00 AM

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