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Current Event Cat of the Day: Car Crash in the Forbidden City

Current Event Cat - Forbidden City

A sport-utility vehicle tried to enter Beijing’s Forbidden City the old fashioned way – by smashing into its entrance.

On Monday afternoon, a crazed car crashed directly into the main entrance of the Forbidden City. The vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames and all three people inside the car were killed. At least two tourists also got caught in the crash and dozens more were injured after the car slammed into Tiananmen Square.

The gate, at the south end of the Forbidden City, is the symbolic center of political power in China, adorned with a huge protrait of Mao Zedong. Since the gate and the adjoining Tiananmen Square have known to host a few political protests in the past, investigators are trying to figure out whether the episode was an accident or a deliberate attack. 

On the one hand, setting yourself on fire in Tiananmen Square is a popular Chinese pastime – it happened in 2011 when a man set himself on fire following a legal dispute and also two years before that when three people set themselves on fire in a car at a busy intersection near Tiananmen Square. In fact, they keep fire extinguishers handy for these types of occurrences. But on the other hand, the Chinese aren’t’ exactly known for their superb driving skills…

Whatever the reason, China is trying to be hush hush about the whole thing. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, would not comment on the case at all. So China’s official story, as always, is: Nothing bad ever happens at Tiananmen Square. Not today, and especially not on June 4, 1989.

Via: BBC News & Current Event Cats

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