Thousands Attend Yiyi Parents’ Funeral
The last found survivor of the 7.23 Wenzhou train crash
little girl Yiyi, lost both of her parents in the crash.
Thousands came to Yiyi’s parents’ funeral on Aug. 4.
Many came from nearby cities.
The 2 years old Yiyi was still lying in her hospital bed,
asking for her parents. The scene was very touching.
Possibly fearing for a candle light vigil in Hangzhou,
all candles were removed from store shelves on Aug 3.
Some netizens said,
“Perhaps candles will become a sensitive word soon."
Little Yiyi was rescued 13 hours after
the authorities stopped the rescue effort.
As her left leg was badly injured,
she currently is still under treatment in the hospital.
Her relatives planned a funeral for Yiyi’s parents
Xiang Yu’an and Shi Lihong in Wenzhou Funeral Home.
According to reports, at 7 a.m. on Aug 4, Mr. and Mrs. Xiang
were lying in the coffins in the funeral home.
The hall was filled with wreathes from relatives and mourners.
The 200-people hall was overcrowded,
with long lines of people queuing outside the funeral home.
Witnesses said several thousand people came.
Yiyi’s grandmother was heartbroken and crying in grief.
She repeatedly tried to touch the body of her daughter.
Her relatives and friends tried to comfort her, also crying.
Many strangers at the scene also shed tears.
Netizens revealed, during the funeral of her parents,
little Yiyi was still in bed in the hospital.
Yiyi kept asking, “Where are father and mother?"
Relatives and nurses had to find ways to cajole her.
How many families suffered the same pain as little Yiyi?
Many victims’ families seek to investigate the truth
and hold people responsible.
However, due to threats from the regime,
they would only silently hold funerals for their loved ones.
Wang Hui, wife of crash victim Zhen Hangzheng
from Lianjiang, Fujian Province, told NTD reporter that
her husband went on a business trip to Wenzhou for 1-2 days.
They planned a vacation after the trip with their daughter.
However, when she arrived in Wenzhou on Aug 25,
she only saw the scratched body of her husband.
Fujian government’s task force asked Wang Hui
to sign the compensation agreement, but Wang Hui refused.
On the night of Aug 3, they told Wang Hui that
her husband’s body was kept cold but not frozen and
“there are flies already."
Wang Hui was heartbroken, and had to sign the agreement.
She held a funeral for her husband on Aug 4.
While people all over Chinese mourned for the victims,
some people revealed on their micro-blog that
super-markets in Hangzhou were all out of candles.
Media said, “possibly ‘higher up’ tries to maintain stability."
Mainland freelancer Zan Aizong micro-blogged on Aug 3,
“The candles in Hangzhou were taken down.
Who gave the order? Dare to admit it?"
Netizens responded, not only the real candles,
even the virtual ones on Sina’s micro-blog were removed.
China Social Democratic Party Secretary Liu Yinquan told
NTD that this is Chinese Communist Party’s common tactic.
It doesn’t want people to pay too much attention to the crash.
Liu Yinquan: “This shows that the government is weak.
It worries that people will hold candle light vigil for the victims.
It is afraid that this will draw more attention to the incident.
They want to hide the truth,
just like it buried the train engine, to bury the truth."
Regarding the ban on candles, some netizens satirized,
“Maybe candles will become a sensitive word," and
“you may need to have your name registered to buy candles."
NTD reporters Chen Han, Tang Rui and Li Ruolin.