I saw this from The Washington Post being retweeted today and it sure caught my attention:
Of course I had to know what kind of firefighter a child wouldn’t want to be when they grow up. And now I have my answer.
Why, you ask, are there firefighters hanging out in Tiananmen Square? It’s a natural question, since they’re standing in the middle of a giant open square, with nothing flammable anywhere nearby. Except, that is, for the other people in the square, which may be exactly what they’re worried about. More specifically, the firefighters are likely there to put out any protesters who attempt to set themselves on fire.
Presumably, this week’s very public display of firefighters in Tiananmen – noticed by McClatchy’s Tom Lasseter, who posted the photo to his McClatchy China blog and kindly granted permission for me to reproduce it – is meant to deter potential self-immolators, or at least to put them out as quickly as possible.
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Also on STATter911 …
- Must see: The beatings will continue until morale improves. Or until there is outrage about a video of the beatings going viral. – December 10, 2013
- Child rescued from inside wall. Apparently a fairly common problem in China. – August 30, 2012
- And then what? What happens after your friends set your head on fire in a bar? – July 24, 2012
- Caught on video: Another firefighter flying kick halts suicide threat. Man on windowsill in China was holding a baby. – October 18, 2012
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