The following post by Wang Wei (王巍), an executive at Mergers China, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 3:54pm today, July 20, 2012. The post deals with the upcoming first anniversary of the July 23, 2011, high-speed rail crash in Wenzhou. A government report on the tragedy, promised within several months, has still not been released to this day. Wang Wei currently has just over 1.56 million followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].
The anniversary of the July 23 [high-speed rail crash] approaches. My piece “Wang Si Tiao” (王四条) [about this issue] was shared around 50,000 times before dying. I demanded that the high-speed rail system be suspended pending an investigation, that legal proceedings replace administrative proceedings, assisting outside intermediary organizations in thoroughly investigating and auditing all high-speed rail tofu engineering projects, etcetera. This is a basic demand of civil society and the information age, but the result has been that it this [issue] has been dropped into a dark and bottomless pit. Can such a huge price in human lives be forgotten and harmonized? Can this be borne by a handful of people like [former railway minister] Liu Zhijun?
The original Chinese post follows:
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