More than 2.4 million
people were drinking toxic tap water for a month in Lanzhou,
the capital city of China's Gansu Province. The public anger
is now directed at the provincial government who sold the
half of the state-owned water supply system to a French multinational,
especially after the news circulated online that the French
company refused to fixed the problem without raising water
As earlier as the beginning of March, some Lanzhou residents
reported an alien taste in drinking water. On March 9,
Lanzhou government openly denied there was anything wrong
with the water. A thorough examination was made and the
water quality is found to meet the standards in all categories,
declared the government. The official statement also announced
a criminal persecution has been carried out against those
who claimed that water was unsafe to drink.
After the 2.4 million people have been continuously exposed
to benzene 20 times the acceptable "national limit",
the toxic nature of the drinking water was confirmed, yet
the Party Secretary of Lanzhou offers no apology but said, "We
have nothing to hide, our conscience is clean. (没有隐瞒任何事情，我们问心无愧)"
The privatisation of strategic public sectors took place
under Wen Jiabao government after his predecessor signed
unfair treaties with the West in its bid to join WTO. By
then Li Keqiang was the first vice premer.
The momentum to internationalisation of state enterprise
has picked up as soon as Li Keqiang took the premier's office.
This is a guy who once proudly told media he used to sign
introduction letters for the peasants to leave their farm
unattended and go begging elsewhere when he was a party secretary
of a village production brigade.
And this fool added, "They no longer needed to
go begging after the land divided and they worked on their
own," without his leadership, obviously, which only
tells one thing, this guy is unfit to be
a leader, any kind of leader, let along the leader of a
But that is what China is currently trapped in.
And that is why Chinese people keep being poisoned by food
and by water.
Here are some typical Chinese comments
on the drinking water scandal:
We should sign petition demanding
to Li Keqiang to step down!