Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Trust in the Sichuan Earthquake?
In Weng’an county of Guizhou province on June 28, thousands of people flocked to a police station to protest the alleged cover up of a teenage girl’s rape and murder. Under Hu Jintao’s order, the Weng’an government claims that there was no cover up after examining the girl’s body three times, and claimed that a local gangster spread the rumor. The real issue, however, is not whether the government is telling the truth or even if the “rumor” is correct. Rather, the real problem is that trust between the police and/or officials and citizens has broken down. Overwhelming corruption and cover-ups by in the past make it difficult for the citizens in this region to regain trust.