採訪/田淨 編輯/黃億美 後製/郭敬
Will 500 million funds raised help China’s Red Cross?
After the Ya’an earthquake, the Red Cross chapters across
Mainland dispatched volunteers on the streets to raise money.
However, they have run into difficulty with the public.
Observers question their methods of appropriating
Following the scandalous Guo Meimei incident,
80 some million yuan was raised by over 100 artists
to help the Wenchuan earthquake five years ago.
So far, the disaster areas have not received the money,
and no one knows the whereabouts of the donations.
On April 30th, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP)
mouthpiece, People’s Daily, reported that 1.049 billion yuan
has been raised for Lushan earthquake relief funds,
including 566 million yuan from the Red Cross.
The report pointed out that the Red Cross has contributed
53% of the total donations, indicating that they still have quite a bit of credibility in the community.
It also said that there is a huge difference between
the public opinion on the Internet and reality.
Zhu Xinxin, former editor of Hebei People’s Radio: “When
they cannot hide the truth, they find a way to distort the truth,
making excuses to shirk their responsibility.
People’s Daily does not represent the people, right?
It openly admits that they are the official media
and the mouthpiece of the CCP.
How can it represent the public?
Its remarks lack credibility.
Besides, you cannot take a particular point of view
on behalf of opinions of all the people."
The Chinese artist Fang Lijun revealed on his microblog,
“After the 2008 earthquake, more than a hundred artists donated
more than 80 million yuan to Qingcheng Mountain City.
All the works were open to the public, but today,
Qingcheng Mountain has not received the donations.”
Thus, on the evening of April 29th, the Red Cross website
announced that they used the donations from the artists for another project called “fraternity homes.”
It is understood that Wang Jun, the executive director
of the fraternity homes, is the godfather of Guo Meimei.
Wang gave Guo a luxury car costing 2 million yuan.
Guo openly disclosed her involvement on the Internet.
Wang Jun was also the director of China Fraternity Asset
Management Co., Ltd at that time.
According to Baidu Encyclopedia, China Fraternity
Asset Management Co., Ltd. was established in 2008.
It is the national investment holding group,
and the affiliate of China’s Red Cross.
It focuses on the public welfare, service project investment,
operation and management of the China Red Cross.
On April 30th, the People’s Daily urgently defended
the Red Cross. But, netizens still refuse to believe.
They suggested that the Red Cross should be re-named
the “Black Cross.”
In this regard, Zhao Beige, executive vice president
of the Red Cross, said that if the Red Cross cannot elute
the image of the Black Cross within two to three years,
she will step down.
She also assured the public that there would be a clear
explanation of 500 million yuan donations for this earthquake.
Although the Red Cross lacks credibility, it has collected
more than 500 million yuan for the Lushan earthquake.
Netizens say they were forced to donate.
Teachers forced students to donated in schools.
Students are afraid to offend their teachers
and have no choice.
In work units, people are forced to donate
or their year-end appraisal may suffer.
In some places, donations will be automatically
deducted from one’s salary without notice.
Liu Yiming, well-known Mainland blog writer: “First, many
donations were organized by officials and are somewhat forceful.
Work units and students most recently were forced to donate
to the Red Cross. They did it to ease the Red Cross credibility crisis.
A portion of the public does not know how to get online
and have no idea of the public attitude on the Internet.
They still think that the Red Cross is a more authoritative
organization and is worthy of trust.
Thus, they will continue to donate to the Red Cross."
A college student from Tianjin Foreign Studies University
said on his blog: “I was forced to donate today and donations are going to the Red Cross.”
Another student from Northwestern Polytechnical University
said on his blog: “I was forced to donate at school today.
I want to donate to people in need, and don’t want to donate
to Guo Meimei’s hand bag.
Regarding the Red Cross announcement of the re-opening
of the Guo Meimei investigation, netizens question whether it is a trick to shift focus.
However, Guo Meimei also released online threats saying
she would reveal the sex video of the director online so the Red Cross will be notorious for ten thousand years.