Sichuan earthquake anniversary: Parents of victims told not to hold memorials

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The government has released figures stating that 5,335 school children died when the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the south-western province. Most perished when their schools collapsed.

Anger over the number of children killed and the government's failure to hold an inquiry into the reason why almost 12,000 schools were destroyed or damaged has been rising ahead of the sensitive first anniversary of the earthquake, which left 70,000 dead and another 18,000 missing.

In an attempt to silence protests, some parents have been detained in so-called 'black jails', or unofficial prisons, for up to 21 days. Now, though, they have been threatened with longer jail terms if they attempt to commemorate their children.

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