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For 3 Minutes, 1.3 Billion People Stood Still in Silence

18 May 2008
 

For the first time in 59 years since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, Sirens went off in Beijing, echoed by the collective sound of horns from all motor vehicles in the streets. For three minutes started at 2:28pm Monday, the entire China stood still in silence.

In the heart of the nation, the Tiananmen Square, the flag flew at a half-staff.

It is a moment when one in every five people on earth mourned for their 50,000 fellow citizens perished in Sichuan quake that occurred exactly one week ago.

Chinese Nursery Song 2008 (the original author in Chinese unknown)

今年的雪,特别的大,
爸爸还有妈妈,回不了家。

This year's snowstorms, unbelievably huge,
Daddy and Mommy, unable to return home.

有群坏人,来把人吓,
烧了我的学校,砸了我的花。

A gang of thugs, came to threaten us,
Broke into my school, destroy my flowers.

那个喇嘛,叽里呱啦,
长鼻子的洋人,假装眼瞎。

That Lama, keeps talking falsehood,
Those Westerners, pretend to be blind.

巴黎铁塔,伦敦警察,
抱火炬的姐姐,人见人夸。

Paris' Tower, London's police - so spineless,
The big sister carried the Olympic torch - so courageous.

汽笛嘟嘟,铁轨哗哗,
去天堂的列车,还没到达。

While whistles sounded, trains derailed
The lost souls of victims, yet to be reincarnated.

龙又翻身,大地垮塌,
教室的瓦砾下,埋了童话。

The earth collapsed,
The children buried.

重重的墙,将老师压,
我们在他身下,都很听话。

Bulky walls, fall on the back of my teacher,
We students, hid under his body shelter.

没过很久,听到喇叭,
外面有个爷爷,叫我别怕。

Soon after, I heard loudspeaker,
A grandpa, urged me not to be afraid.

叔叔的手,使劲地挖,
解放军的飞机,送我回家。

Uncles PLA, dug through rubble,
Military plane, sent me home.

经过灾难,我已长大,
永远不会忘记,二零零八...

After the disasters, I've grown up,
But I'll never forget, the Year 2008.

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Dalai Lama is allegedly blackmailing Dorje Shugden worshippers into giving up their faith, and the pair have also been accused of threatening the Indian citizens for their religious believes that the pair do not approve.

The court hearing will be held on September 12, four month after the massive earthquake entered in China's Tibetan autonomy region Aba.

 

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