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May 21, 2008
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China comes to standstill to mourn quake tragedy

                -------------- Article from: Agence France-Presse
 

 

 

CHINA came to a standstill today, exactly one week after its earthquake tragedy, observing three minutes of silence to mourn the tens of thousands of people killed in the disaster.

Across the country, millions of people stopped where they were and fell silent, while air-raid sirens blared and motorists honked their horns.

The silent memorial began precisely at 2.28pm (1628 AEST), the exact moment a week earlier when the quake struck south-western China.

Several thousand people gathered in Tiananmen Square in central Beijing, standing silently around a flagpole from which the red Chinese flag waved at half-mast.

They burst into chants when the three minutes passed.

In unison, the huge crowd shouted "Jia you! Jia you!," an exhortation that can be loosely translated as "Go! Go!", while punching the air with their fists.

Others shouted out "Long live China!," "Long live Sichuan!," and "Long live Wenchuan!"

Wenchuan county was the epicentre of last Monday's earthquake, which measured 8.0 on the Richter scale and devastated a wide area of Sichuan province, killing an estimated 50,000 people.

China started a three-day national mourning period today, ordering all flags at half-mast throughout the country and at Chinese embassies and missions overseas.

It halted all cultural and entertainment activities.

The Beijing Olympic torch relay that had been making its way through China also has been halted for three days.

05:50 AM Sep 19 2008

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iuhil
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eidy
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07:45 AM May 21 2008

195854255

195854255
United States

Hello there. Thanks for your comment. You know the Tibet issues,right? Well, many western Press just telling the untrue news to their people. They defame China and our government. So write blogs on Ebaby and other social websites. Let them know the truth. Tell your foreign friends that we----Chinese people are brave, unified man. Tell them our country is a great race.

02:19 AM May 21 2008

Amarte

Amarte
China

[Sichuan Wenchuan Earthquake]

Whenever I think of it, I can't help my tears.

Xinhua reported that the quake caused about 41,353known deaths.oh my god, its very terror just think it.

Is not the natural fate of the victims, let us do all the things to reach warmth, let us with the greatest compassion for the disaster areas compatriots blessing.

Yes, as the Chinese people can do this.

Now I only hope that the compatriots can be successfully rescued in the disaster areas.

I hope that they will be safe and happy; we will help them rebuild their homeland as soon as possible.

The most important thing is that extend a helping hand. The relief operation is the most important, isn’t it? Don’t be sad, compatriots, you will be good

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