Nearly a hundred angry and distraught residents gathered to protest outside a Tianjin hotel where government officials were holding a press conference at 10 a.m. this morning addressing the current situation after massive blasts ripped through the city four days ago and claimed at least 112 lives.
The residents said that their apartments are located just 800 meters away from the center of the explosion. They say that cracks are appearing on the walls and they are concerned about toxic gas seeping into their homes.
They demanded that the city government purchase back their damaged apartments.
By the way, according to People’s Daily, Chinese law for businesses involving dangerous chemicals states that such materials should be stored at least 1,000 meters from public buildings and transport networks.
Four policemen standing at the entrance of the hotel told the protestors that they clearly empathized with their predicament, but asked them not to create any problems.
In response to their demand, the vice president of the Tianjin Propaganda Department said that residents should trust in the government, which would implement measures to tackle their concerns.
This is the second day in a row that the Tianjin government has had its morning presser interrupted. Yesterday morning a group of grieving relatives of missing firefighters stopped a city press conference to plead with local government officials for information on their loved ones.
Who knows what tomorrow morning will bring?
By Lucy Liu
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