Chinese Teacher Sent to Labor Camp Over Quake Dissent

Man posted photos of collapsed schools

By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2008 11:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Chinese teacher has been sent to a labor camp for a year of "re-education" after he posted online photos of school buildings that collapsed during the Sichuan earthquake, the Guardian reports. The man, who was neither formally charged with a crime nor given a trial, is one of many demanding answers from the Chinese government as to why so many schools were destroyed while nearby buildings remained standing.

China has suppressed allegations that the schools were shoddily constructed as a result of corruption, stifling speculation within the state media and buying silence from protesting citizens. The teacher was detained June 25 for "disseminating rumors and destroying social order," reports a human rights group. China holds suspects in labor camps for up to 4 years; there is no appeal.

Parents who lost their children burn papers to mourn their loved ones at the collapsed Wufu primary school in Wufu , southwest China's Sichuan province, Friday, June 20, 2008.
Parents who lost their children burn papers to mourn their loved ones at the collapsed Wufu primary school in Wufu , southwest China's Sichuan province, Friday, June 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A Chinese woman who lost her child in a school collapse during the May 12 earthquake burns paper money near the remnants of the school in Juyuan, Sunday, June 15, 2008.
A Chinese woman who lost her child in a school collapse during the May 12 earthquake burns paper money near the remnants of the school in Juyuan, Sunday, June 15, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A Chinese woman walks past pictures of victims of the May 12 earthquake on display at a museum in Jianchuan, in southwest China's Sichuan province, Thursday, June 12, 2008.
A Chinese woman walks past pictures of victims of the May 12 earthquake on display at a museum in Jianchuan, in southwest China's Sichuan province, Thursday, June 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Temporary housing and schools, with blue roofs, can be seen next to earthquake-damaged buildings, Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Yingxiu, China. The town was the epicenter of the May 12 earthquake. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that tore across Sichuan province in May left nearly 70,000 dead, another 18,000...
Temporary housing and schools, with blue roofs, can be seen next to earthquake-damaged buildings, Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Yingxiu, China. The town was the epicenter of the May 12 earthquake. The 7.9-magnitude...   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
A boulder rests on a road Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Yingxiu, China. Landslides triggered by the quake this past May caused severe damage in the town.
A boulder rests on a road Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Yingxiu, China. Landslides triggered by the quake this past May caused severe damage in the town.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Residents shop at temporary stalls near earthquake-damaged buildings, Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Yingxiu, China.
Residents shop at temporary stalls near earthquake-damaged buildings, Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Yingxiu, China.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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