Kid's Upside Down Flag Row: "A Cry for Help from Szechuan Province" Claim
Bloggers in China today are claiming that 9-year old earthquake hero Lin Hao's upside down flag was CONTRIVED and a coded cry for help.
The youngster is a second grader, Lin Hao, from Wenchuan County of the earthquake-devastated Sichuan Province.
What the picture published in the official Chinese media does not show is that the flag in Lin’s little hand is upside down, as seen in an uncropped picture that the state-media did not publish.
An upside-down flag is the international nautical convention for “great distress.” In this case, Lin’s flag seems to send the message, “This country is in crisis.”A photo of the same scene that shows clearly the upside-down flag in Lin’s hand. (Saeed Kahn/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese bloggers are talking about this online, and many think this was not a coincidence. Right after the Sichuan earthquake on May 12, China's communist regime refused assistance from international rescue teams for the critical first 72 hours. Endemic corruption amongst officials appeared to be a contributing factor in the collapse of poorly constructed school buildings, killing thousands of children.
In their online statements, some bloggers have wondered whether perhaps some invisible behind-the-scenes hand inverted the child's flag, reminding people of the Chinese regime’s role in the Sichuan tragedy. These bloggers see the upside down flag as a distressed cry to the rest of the world, for help.