I read recently that Zhang Jianyong, the firefighter who lost his life in the CCTV fire has been honoured as a revolutionary martyr. It is truly tragic that someone who had yet to reach his 30th birthday had to lose his life because of the stupidity of a few CCTV executives, but I do find it odd that he has been given the martyr label simply because the building that was on fire happened to belong to the state owned TV station. Would his loss of life have been any less tragic if it was a supermarket fire or a fast food restaurant?
But I suppose that’s how it goes. Even in communist China, not all lives are equal, not all buildings are equal. How ironic!