ATHEISM LEADS TO INSANITY: Atheists arrest 50 villagers suffering from lead poisoning for seeking medical treatment
Photo by Andy Wong of the A.P.
China defends detention of lead poisoning victims who sought medical help
by Jonathan Watts
Chinese authorities have defended the six-month detention of lead poisoning victims who were seeking medical care, saying the punishment was necessary for “public education”.
Police in Jiahe, Hunan province, blocked a bus carrying 53 villagers who were on their way to get health checks last September, according to Chinese media.
Mistakenly believing the villagers were planning to protest, the police have detained two of them for the six months since on the charge of “disrupting traffic”. Though it has since been proved that they and their children were contaminated by illegal emissions of heavy metals from a smelting factory, the local government was unapologetic.
“We may have blocked the wrong visit, but they should not have been on that road,” Li Ying, deputy secretary of Jiahe county political and legislative committee told the Beijing News, which today published an investigation into the incident.
Ou Shudong, the chairman of the local People’s Congress, told the newspaper the police roadblock and detentions were justified. “The villagers’ intentions were unclear. Even if they were going for a medical examination, they should have informed the government.”
The story highlights the feudal control that local officials exercise in much of rural China. It also exemplifies the widespread strategy of stifling dissent by making an example of suspected ringleaders, a tactic known as “killing a chicken to scare the monkeys”.
A Jiahe county report cited by the newspaper says the punishment of a few people “served the purpose of public education for the majority”. – More here.
China Lead Poisoning Caused By Substandard Waste System
Substandard pollution control at a smelter in northwest China has been identified as the cause of a widening lead poisoning scandal that could affect up to 2,000 people, state media said Sunday. Environmental experts found that the waste disposal system at the Huixian County Non-Ferrous Metal Smelting Plant in poverty-stricken Gansu province did not meet national standards, Xinhua news agency reported.
Pollution from the plant was the source of lead pollution that had already poisoned 368 villagers, including 149 children, and led to hundreds of others in the area seeking medical examinations, the report said.
State Environmental Protection Agency officials also condemned the plant for failing to carry out an environmental assessment after upgrading equipment in 2004, it said.
The plant was ordered to shut down last month and has been dismantled over the last several days.
Locals said the plant had been polluting the region since it was built in 1995. – More here
Lead Poisoning of Children in China Leads to Disturbance
BEIJING (AP) — The police clashed with residents of two villages near a smelting plant in northern China that is blamed for the lead poisoning of nearly all the children in the villages, reports said Monday. It was another sign of growing anger over China’s rampant industrial pollution.
Several hundred villagers tore down fences and blocked traffic outside the Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Company in Shaanxi Province after news of the poisoning emerged last week, state news media and villagers said. Fighting between angry parents and scores of police officers broke out Sunday, and trucks delivering coal to the plant were stoned.
No immediate word on injuries or arrests was available. Local officials, the police and people at the company refused to confirm the reports.
China’s breakneck economic development has left much of its soil, air and waterways dangerously polluted, and environmental showdowns with outraged residents are growing more frequent. Authorities routinely pledge to close down polluting industrial operations but often back down because of their importance to the local economy.
At least 615 out of 731 children in the two villages have tested positive for lead poisoning[…] – More here.
Lead Sickens 1,300 Children in China
by Michael Wines
BEIJING — Lead pollution from a newly opened and unlicensed manganese smelter has poisoned more than 1,300 children in southeastern China’s Hunan Province, state-run media said on Thursday, the second case of mass lead poisoning in the past month.
Officials in Wenping, 970 miles south of Beijing, shut down the […] Wugang Fine-Processed Manganese Smelting Factory, last week and detained two of its owners after about 1,000 local residents protested the poisoning, the English-language state newspaper China Daily reported.
The plant’s general manager remained at large.
Tests subsequently found elevated levels of lead in the blood of 1,354 children, or about 7 in 10 children who were examined, the official news agency, Xinhua, reported. The severity of the poisoning cannot be measured without further testing; 17 of the 83 children who received the advanced tests were hospitalized. – More here.
China probes child lead poisoning
9/27/2009/12:24 GMT/13:24 UK
Chinese state media say a battery plant has been closed after more than 120 children living nearby were found to have lead poisoning.
Officials in the city of Longyan in the south-east province of Fujian have launched an inquiry into the poisoning, Xinhua news agency says.
Authorities say they will pay medical costs and test all children aged under 14 who live near the plant.
China has reported a series of cases of children with lead poisoning this year.
Last month, hundreds of children living near smelting plants in Shaanxi and Hunan were found to have excessive amounts of lead in their blood.
The Xinhua report said two medical institutions had tested 287 children under 14 in Longyan.
After 121 were found to have high lead levels in their blood, the government closed the suspected source of the pollution, the Huaqiang battery plant. – More here.
Lead poisoning sickens nearly 1,000 kids in China
BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 1,000 children in a central Chinese province have tested positive for excessive lead in their blood, state media reported Tuesday, the latest of several lead poisoning cases involving thousands of children across the country.
After reports of large-scale lead poisoning in neighboring Shaanxi province, the health bureau in Jiyuan City, Henan province, conducted blood tests on 2,743 children under the age of 14, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the bureau’s director, Wei Zongchang, as saying.
Signs of lead poisoning were found in 968 of the children who live near three major lead smelters, Xinhua said.
China’s rapid economic development has often come at the cost of heavy environmental pollution. Lead poisoning can damage the nervous and reproductive systems and cause high blood pressure and memory loss.
Similar reports of lead poisoning have emerged in Yunnan, Fujian and Shaanxi provinces in recent months, and the number of affected children is now past 3,000.
Anger in China is growing over public safety scandals in which children have been the main victims — a concern for the ruling Communist Party, which is concerned about social stability and any challenges to its authority.
Last month, residents of the village of Shibin in Jiyuan City demonstrated in front of the factories to protest the pollution, Xinhua said.
Jiyuan Mayor Zhao Suping told Xinhua the city’s lead poisoning is the result of long-term pollution. The city has been producing lead for 52 years, he said.
Yang Anguo, the head of China’s largest lead producer, Yuguang Gold and Lead Group, told Xinhua: “We do bear responsibility for the pollution. Some pollution has accumulated over the past 20 years or more[…] – More here.
China faces reckoning over lead
by Barbara Demic
kJIYUAN, CHINA — People in their 30s and 40s here complain of unpredictable senior moments: They go to the store and can’t remember what they wanted to buy, or they forget the names of old friends.
The children lose so much weight that they look like they’re shrinking instead of growing.
The leaves drop from the trees throughout the year — not just autumn — and the corn crop is stunted. Piglets are stillborn.
Now thousands of Chinese are trying to flee a landscape poisoned by decades of lead manufacturing. Within the next year, about 15,000 people will be evacuated from villages around a cluster of lead production facilities in the city of Jiyuan, in Henan province.
“What choice do we have?” said Han Haibo, a 51-year-old resident of Qingduo, a village of 1,000 that probably will cease to exist within months. “People don’t want to leave, especially the old people who have spent their whole lives here, but the pollution is just too heavy.”
Perhaps it is a sign of China’s coming of age that people are waking up to the dangers of lead.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of lead, but until recently its toxicity rarely entered the Chinese consciousness; in 2007, when millions of Chinese toys were recalled over lead in the paint, many people here grumbled that Americans were too fussy.
Now the Chinese are getting themselves and their children tested. And after finding shockingly high levels of lead in their blood, they are demanding action, in some cases rioting to get attention.
Since late summer, there has been a spate of lead poisoning cases in Hunan, Henan, Yunnan and Shanxi provinces. More than 3,200 cases have been confirmed, most of them in children.
The lead poisoning is so bad that at least 10 villages are being evacuated around Jiyuan, headquarters of the Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead Co. […] – More here.
Massacre of miners in Shaanxi, Henan, Shanxi
Beijing — The deaths – 21 and 32 workers trapped underground – caused yet again by underground explosions. The mine in Henan was private and illegal and was supposed to have been closed last May. No hope for 153 miners trapped in flooded tunnel in Xiangning (Shanxi). The mine was state owned.
Nine miners were killed and one wounded in an explosion in an underground coal mine in Shaanxi. The fatal accident occurred yesterday evening towards 7 pm, in Quanzigou mine, Hancheng (Longmen). Of the 27 miners who working in the tunnel, only 17 were rescued.
Two days ago, on March 31 12 miners were killed and 32 were trapped underground in a coal mine in Henan by another gas explosion. The accident occurred in the evening around 7:20 pm in Yichuan County (Luoyang). The mine belongs to private company, Guoming, and was operating illegally, digging a tunnel where about 90 miners were at work. Only 51 of them reached safety. It is difficult to determine the exact number of people trapped underground because the blast destroyed the list of miners at work. The provincial government ordered the closure of the mine last May, after another incident.
Meanwhile, three days have passed since yet another mining disaster in a state-owned coal mine in Xiangning, Wangjialing (Shanxi), where 153 miners were buried in a tunnel flooded and where now hopes of bringing them to safety are almost nil.
For years, China has held the record of the world’s highest number of fatal accidents in mines, a consequence of the nation’s hunger for energy that results in mines being kept open. Facilities managers, both governmental and public, push for intensive exploitation, reducing security measures to increase profits.
Unofficial sources say the victims from mining accidents in China are at least 20 thousand a year.
Over the past three years the government has approved regulations on mine safety, but their application is very vague. Thanks to [atheists], local government and mine owners can avoid closure, often hiding accidents and fatalities. – Source.
This post can also be reached at insanityofatheism.tk
Once again Biblical prophecy is fulfilled about the rashness, greed, brutality and self-centeredness that would come in the last days.