Twelve Government Officials and Company Executives Have Been Detained Relating to the Tanjian Explosion

The scapegoats have been found:

12 government officials and company executives have been detained in China over the huge warehouse explosion that killed over 145 people in Tianjin on 12 August.

The people detained include current and retired officials from the local government of Tianjin, and chairman, vice-chairman and three deputy general managers of Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics, the owning company of the warehouse where the explosion occurred.

There are conflicting reports as to the nature of their detainment. The state-run Xinhua news agency said they had been “criminally detained,” a pre-arrest detention that comes before police level formal charges.

News of their detention comes amidst growing anger over poor safety standards in Chinese industry, which President Xi Jinping has vowed to improve.