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Friday, January 30, 2009

Blagojevich is removed from office

This whole debacle has been one of the most disgusting Abuse stories in politics I have ever seen ! The selling of a U.S Senate seat is equivalent to selling out America , No matter what political side of the fence you sit on ! What Blagojevich has done , In my mind , is nothing short of Treason ! And he should be sentenced Accordingly !the L.A.Times

-- Brushing aside the governor's pleas of innocence, the Illinois Senate unanimously voted Thursday to remove Rod R. Blagojevich and impose a "political death penalty" that bars him from ever holding public office in the state.

The action came after a four-day impeachment trial on allegations that the Democrat had abused his power -- trying, among other things, to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.
During several hours of deliberations, senator after senator stood up to criticize Blagojevich, the first chief executive in Illinois' long history of political corruption to be impeached and convicted.

"He reminded us today in real detail that he is an unusually good liar," Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy said. "We bent over backward to make sure that this process was fair."

After the 59-0 vote, Democratic Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn signed the oath of office and became the state's 41st governor. Among the problems awaiting him is a budget deficit of as much as $5 billion.
"There hasn't been a single piece of information that proves any wrongdoing," said Blagojevich, who was arrested at his Chicago home Dec. 9 on federal corruption charges. "How can you throw a governor out of office with insufficient and incomplete evidence?"

Blagojevich also warned senators against setting a "dangerous precedent" that would thwart the will of an electorate that twice had voted for him. "Imagine what future governors will face if I'm thrown out of office for this," Blagojevich said.

And what Kind of Dangerous Precedent were you trying to set By selling a senate seat in the first place Jackass !

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Five killed outside Juárez seafood restaurant

Over a hundred dead Already ! wow , the cartels are really pushing for another record year !
El Paso Times
A group of sport-motorcycle riders were shot and killed on Sunday night in front of a seafood restaurant in Juárez as the homicide total surpassed 100 deaths so far this year in the area.

The five men were found on the ground next to sport motorcycles at about 8 p.m. in front of La Gloria Beach restaurant on Avenida de la Raza, Chihuahua state police said. There were 54 bullet casings tallied by investigators.

The slain were indentified on Monday by state police as Marco Antonio Miranda Diaz, 37, Daniel Lopez Lopez, 27, Alejandro Prieto Gomez, 25, Isaac Chavez Cano, 25, and Marco Antonio Ramirez Medina, 25.

Violence has also been raging in other parts of the state of Chihuahua.

Over the weekend in Chihuahua City, five men believed to be from Juárez were slain when an estimated 100 shots from assault rifles were fired at their car, state police said.

Three of the victims were identified as Carlos Alejandro Gazon Duarte, 25, Cesar Orpinel Diaz and Francisco Javier Urias Ozuna, both 18. The other two men had not been identifed but were also believed to be residents of Juárez, police said.

And in the city of Camargo, more than 200 rounds shot up a recent-model pickup killing Mario Alberto Perez Flores, 20, and wounding another man whose name was not released, state police said.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

11 slain in Juárez in 20 hours

Mexico , not even a nice place to visit Anymore !
you maY lose your head , or be dumped in a vat of acid ! maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones and you will be ambushed and shot dead right in public !
Either way ! Mexico not even a nice place to visit anymore !
Cross posted at Report on Arrakis

El Paso Times.....Chihuahua state police reported at least 11 people killed in less than 20 hours between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Around 7 p.m. Friday, two men in their 20s were found dead in a white 2008 GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle at Antonio J. Bermúdez and Ampere streets.

Also Friday night, Agustín Rentería Hernández, 35, a Juárez municipal police officer, was shot to death and an unidentified person was wounded at the intersection of Juan Kepler and Tecnológico Avenue.

After 3 a.m. Saturday, two waiters and a bouncer were killed while leaving the Satevó Bar at Manuel Gomez Morin and Manuel J. Cloutier streets.

Two of the victims were identified as Félix Andrés Ochoa Delgado,42 and José de la Rosa Chávez, 38.

Just before 4:50 a.m., Mario Alberto Chavira Durán, 37, was killed in his truck after leaving a bar on Manuel J. Clouthier Avenue in Colonia Salvacar.

A few minutes later, three charred bodies with tied hands were found in an SUV at Colonia Horizontes del Sur.

Around 11:25 a.m., a man between in his 30s was found dead among bushes at the intersection of the Jardines de Babilonia and Jardín de los Infantes streets, in the Jardines Residencial subdivision.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mexico suspect says he dissolved 300 bodies

The stew maker ? pretty messed up ! Mexico is spiraling into Chaos , with all the drug cartel antics ! Along with the corrupt police and Military and Government ! Tourism in the northern parts of Mexico (Especially Jaurez)has dropped so dramatically that they have started a campaign to bring in tourist's ? Hiding the news is never a good Idea ! but I guess it's more important to have money being spent by foreigners than having those Foreigners Killed or kidnapped !!!

OJO DE AGUA, Mexico (Reuters) - A Mexican drug suspect has confessed to dissolving the bodies of 300 rivals with corrosive chemicals near the U.S. border, in a claim highlighting the brutality of Mexico's drug war.

Santiago Meza, known as "The Stew Maker," told journalists he did away with bodies in industrial drums on the outskirts of the violent city of Tijuana.

More than 700 people died in Tijuana last year as rival gangs battled for control of the city's lucrative drug trade. Many others are missing and believed dead after being abducted.

The suspect, who was paraded before journalists by the army on Friday, said he was paid $600 a week by a breakaway faction of the Arellano Felix cartel to dispose of slain rivals with caustic soda, a highly corrosive substance.

"They brought me the bodies and I just got rid of them," Meza said at a construction site where he said he dissolved 300 corpses. "I didn't feel anything."

Meza, 45, said he had been getting rid of bodies for 10 years.

The bodies took 24 hours to dissolve but left some remains that were dumped in a nearby pit, Meza said.

A high-ranking army officer told Reuters he believed Meza, who was arrested with three other people on Thursday, was telling the truth.

Police have previously recovered human remains burned with acid in and around the city.

"May they forgive me," said Meza, surrounded by heavily armed soldiers.

The spiraling violence of Mexico's drug war has cast a pall over the country and presents a huge challenge to President Felipe Calderon, who has deployed thousands of troops to crush the cartels.

The drug war claimed 5,700 lives across Mexico last year, more than double the number of victims in 2007.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents

It's About Fucking Time !!!! These guy's never should have seen the inside of a prison !!!!
This would never Have been as much of an issue if The Illegal Alien , Drug smuggler , would have wound up Dead !!!!!!

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday granted early prison releases to two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer fueled the national debate over illegal immigration.

Bush, responding to heavy pressure from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, commuted the prison sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The two guards from El Paso, Texas, each were sentenced to more than 10 years for the shooting, which they tried to cover up. They will be released within two months.

Opposition to their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005.
More here !!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Petitioners Arrested After China's Human Rights Action Plan Announcement

I have been posting about China A lot Lately ! They make it too easy to be irate with their antics ! Arresting People now just for showing up to apply for a petition to protest or be involved in the "National Human Rights Action Plans”
Way to go Douchbags !
Human rights in China ! As long as you are a good little boy or girl and don't speak up about Anything , Against the Big Communist Controllers ! you are free to go to work everyday and earn your peasant wages ! Don't worry we are in control , move along ! or you will see the inside of the labor camps !!!!Epoch Times

BEIJING—The Chinese communist regime arrested several hundred Chinese citizens gathered in front of China’s State Council Information Office to submit various human rights petitions to the authorities on January 14.

Authorities sent the detained petitioners to Majialou, a notorious detention center in Beijing. This action comes on the heels of the regime’s announcement of drawing up “National Human Rights Action Plans” less than 2 months ago.

On November 4, 2008 China’s Communist regime announced their intention to have the State Council Information Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs head the effort to draw up the plans which are supposed to, according to state media, “involve practical measures aimed to advance human rights and promote social harmony.”

Members of China’s various ethnic and religious groups hope to participate in this plan in accordance with international custom. They sent out nearly a thousand human rights surveys and received active responses.
On December 10, World International Human Rights Day, the representatives of China’s vulnerable groups submitted a petition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to officially apply for the right to participate in the Action Plan. 3 out of 5 of the representatives were detained by the state as a result .

Zhao Guoli, a Shenzhen resident who is one of the arrested petitioners, told reporters that some of them were on their knees begging and crying in their attempts to get justice from the regime. According to Zhao, approximately an hour later roughly 100 police officers arrived on scene and immediately cordoned off the area while all the nearby streets were blockaded by police cars and police busses. The petitioners were dispersed by noon.

Another petitioner, Cao Shunli was warned by the police not to go to the Information Office in the morning. She was taken away by the police at around 10:40 am.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

China sees exports plunge

A little bit of Poetic justice !
China is in a big mess , 9+ % unemployment rate ! The loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs ! People getting pissed off about the whole Crisis they are in !!!YES !
Sounds like America ! I'm glad to see this happening to China , It gives them a good taste of what has been happening for years here in the U.S. ! All due to their Cheap Ass Labor , And their Cheap Ass Products Flooding our Market !
Now if everyone would just not buy products made in China , We can help them along in their Suffering , Like they have done to us !
Take back our manufacturing jobs !!!!Boycott Chinese Goods !!!

Gulf news

Beijing: China's exports fell the most in almost a decade in December as the deepening global recession cut demand for the nation's toys, clothes and electronics.

Shipments dropped 2.8 per cent, the official China Daily said yesterday. That compares with a 21.7 per cent gain a year earlier. Exports grew 17.2 per cent for all of 2008, the newspaper said, down from 25.7 per cent in 2007.

Waning export demand has led to protests by fired factory employees, an exodus of 600,000 migrant workers from the manufacturing hub of Guangdong, and an estimated urban unemployment rate of more than nine per cent. Premier Wen Jiabao pledged January 11 to add to the nation's 4 trillion yuan (Dh2.15 trillion) stimulus package to create jobs and avoid social instability.

"There is little hope that exports will recover this year, as developed economies remain mired in recessions," said Sun Mingchun, a Hong Kong-based economist at Nomura Holdings. "Textile, steel and electronic exports are the most badly hurt."

Profits have tumbled for manufacturers with operations in China, such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the world's biggest contract maker of electronics. Hisense Group, a state-owned air conditioner and refrigerator maker, has reported plunging orders.

The export decline reported by China Daily, citing customs bureau data due yesterday, was less than the 5.3 per cent median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of 16 economists.

Imports fell 21.3 per cent to $72.2 billion (Dh265.2 billion), the newspaper said. Subtracting that number from reported exports of $111.2 billion leaves a trade surplus of $39 billion, the second-biggest on record.

Achieving the government's eight per cent economic growth target for creating jobs and preventing social unrest will be "exceptionally arduous," Liu Mingkang, the chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said in Beijing on Monday. Speaking in Switzerland, central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan said he too saw a risk of missing the goal.

The central bank has cut interest rates five times in three months and reduced the proportion of deposits that banks must set aside as reserves.

China is also aiding exporters by curbing currency gains that would make their products more expensive in overseas markets.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Chinese State Media Admit Widespread Protests in China

WoW ,It's amazing that the CCP ,is admitting to Anything !
2009 will be a year of more protests for the communist country ! and it is well deserved !
With China's overwhelming suppression of free speech , constant violation of Human rights , and now they are blocking Amnesty International's website , they seem to be asking for it .
The CCP ,says it will deal with protest's "Properly" What do they mean by this ? Probably that anyone Arrested for protesting will disappear to a " Labor camp "
Epoch Times

On January 5, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) unexpectedly published an article entitled “2009 Will Be a Prime Year For Public Protests and They Shall Be Dealt With Properly.” In the article, the CCP made the statement that “Without doubt, we're now in a peak period for public protests and CCP authorities expect to encounter many more in 2009.” It further pointed out that the protests are becoming massive and aggressive, and they are quickly escalating into riots leading to tremendous damages.

This article was quoted from the Outlook (Liaowang) Magazine, which included three interviews by Xinhua News Agency’s reporters in Chongqing, Jiangsu and Guangdong Province respectively.Besides referring to 2009 as a predicted peak year for public protests, the article also made analyses.

According to the article, most protests today are sympathized with and supported by the general public. As soon as one person in a neighborhood raises an issue against the government, the whole community then offers support eventually forming a protest. Quickly these protests escalate into riots leading to tremendous damages.
Minor incidents quickly escalate and turn into a riot.

At the end of the article, it inexplicitly mentioned that strict control of the judicial system and media censorship were the main cause of the public protests. However, it mainly attributed the rioting to people’s poor living standards resulting from the financial crisis and high unemployment rate.

Nevertheless, experts pointed out that it was the CCP’s corrupt system of government and its dictatorial rule that contributed to the riots.

There were many large scale public protests that took place in 2008, including the rioting in Weng-an County, Guizhou Province and the protests resulting from Yang Jia’s killing of police in Shanghai. It has become a trend that people attack government buildings and assault police, and that massive rioting is becoming the standard of Chinese protests. In particular, as Yang Jia’s slogan, “If you fail to answer me, I will give you my answer” has been widely circulated on the Internet, and “Down with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)” has become a common slogan among Chinese people that has the CCP quite fearful.

The CCP state-run media attitude toward massive rioting has changed from keeping silent into having no alternative but to report them. This was the first time that the CCP reported so “honestly” on the protests.

Renowned democracy activist Wei Jingsheng noted that the on-going violent tendency in Chinese protests is the result of the CCP’s stubbornness and it insisting on one-party rule. He added, “Not only have liberals, but also many centrists within the CCP noticed the Chinese society’s violent tendency demonstrated in the incident resulting from Yang Jia’s killing of policemen. If the CCP fails to take initiative to go ahead with reforms, a violent revolution will not be avoided. As a result, they are wondering if accepting “peaceful transformation” is the wisest choice.”

However, Wei indicated that the CCP has insisted on its one-party dictatorial rule and clearly asserted that it would never give “peaceful transformation” a chance. As a result, the people have no choice but to resort to massive rioting. As the current of violent revolution has now surged in the Chinese people, the chance for “peaceful transformation” has become less and less.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Islamic Stupidity !

Somali Islamists clash as Ethiopians withdraw

That's right "Stupidity" , for one they are just plain ass stupid in their quest to take over everything that they see ! (And destroy it ) but now they are fighting each other ! Which is good it keeps them occupied .
This is one of the reasons Islum will FAIL ! It breeds so much Hatred that it is self destructive , They will never be able to come together as a "Cult" ( Or Religion )long enough to do anything !!!Keep it up you fucking idiots , soon you will have killed each other off , and the rest of the world won't have to come together and do it for you !!!!

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Fighting between rival Somali Islamist groups and hardline insurgents on Washington's foreign terrorist list killed dozens of people north of the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, witnesses said.

An Islamist insurgency has been battling government and Ethiopian troops for the past two years, ever since Addis Ababa sent forces to oust the Islamic Courts Union from Mogadishu.

More than 16,000 civilians have been killed in the insurgency, a million people have been forced from their homes and more than a third of the population depend on aid.

But an estimated 3,000 Ethiopians are now withdrawing and some Islamist factions appear to be turning on al Shabaab fighters, a hardline insurgent group that wants to impose a strict version of Islamic law traditionally shunned by Somalis.

Analysts say while the Ethiopian withdrawal could usher in a new chapter of violence, it may also be a window of opportunity to bring some Islamist groups into the political process and form a broad, inclusive government.

Witnesses said more than 20 people, mostly fighters, were killed in Sunday's battles between Hareka al Shabaab al Mujahideen, or the Mujahideen Youth Movement, and another Islamist group in Gurael, a trading town in central Somalia.

Sheikh Abdullahi Abu Yusuf, spokesman for the Islamist group Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca, said its fighters had killed 30 al Shabaab militants and seized most of their weapons.

Resident Ahmed Ali told Reuters by telephone he had seen two dead, including an al Shabaab leader, and said Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca was in control of the town after repulsing an attack.

A doctor at Istarlin hospital in Gurael said it had received 20 wounded on Sunday and more were on their way.

The fighting followed clashes a day earlier between al Shabaab rebels and moderate Islamists in Balad, 30 km (19 miles) north of Mogadishu, on Saturday.

Al Shabaab, which spearheaded attacks last year to become the face of the insurgency, is also battling Ethiopian and government soldiers elsewhere outside the capital.

While the fighting may be a struggle between Islamist groups jostling for position as the Ethiopians go, local militias angry with al Shabaab's acts are reported to be helping.

Washington accuses the group of having close ties to al Qaeda. Al Shabaab has been imposing strict sharia law on the towns it controls in southern Somalia -- banning drinking or films and beheading suspected government collaborators.

Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca accuses al Shabaab of hunting down and killing its religious leaders and desecrating graves.

Somalia's interim President Sheikh Aden Madobe said on Saturday that al Shabaab was the biggest threat to stability in the Horn of Africa nation and appealed for international help to build up Somali security forces.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Texas death row inmate pulls out eye, eats it !

Wow ! Is this guy ever a fucking idiot ! More reason to make him go Bye, Bye !
El Paso Times

HOUSTON - A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye and told authorities he ate it.

Andre Thomas, 25, was arrested for the fatal stabbings of his estranged wife, their young son and her 13-month-old daughter in March 2004. Their hearts also had been ripped out. He was convicted and condemned for the infant's death.

While in the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Thomas plucked out his right eye before his trial later in 2004. A judge subsequently ruled he was competent to stand trial.

A death-row officer at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found Thomas in his cell with blood on his face and took him to the infirmary.

""Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it," agency spokesman Jason Clark said Friday.

Thomas was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after the Dec. 9 incident. Then he was transferred and remains at the Jester Unit, a prison psychiatric facility near Richmond southwest of Houston.

"He will finally be able to receive the mental health care that we had wanted and begged for from day 1," Bobbie Peterson-Cate, Thomas' trial attorney, told the Sherman Herald Democrat. "He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one."

At his trial, defense lawyers also argued he suffered from alcohol and drug abuse.

Thomas does not have an execution date.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in October upheld
his conviction and death sentence for the death of 13-month-old Leyha Marie Hughes. Also killed March 27, 2004, were his wife, Laura Christine Boren, 20, and their son, 4-year-old Andre Lee.

Thomas, from Texoma, walked into the Sherman Police Department and told a dispatcher he had just murdered the three and had stabbed himself in the chest.

Thomas told police how he put his victims' hearts in his pocket and left their apartment, took them home, put them in a plastic bag and threw them in the trash.

Court documents described the three victims as having "large, gaping wounds to their chests."

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Palestinian Douchbags !

Only the Biggest pussies in the world would do something like this ! Let me use a term Thrown around by All the fucktards that have been protesting this past week and a half "NUKE PALESTINE"
This Video can be spun no other way , Pure Cowardice !!!!

Attention "Palestinian" Protesters !

O.K. All you fucking retarded protesters ! You all need to take a pill ! If you love the scumbags in the Gaza strip ,You need to go there ! and fight ( I mean die ) with them ! Don't sit here in the United states and talk your shit ! your Muslim faith WILL fail ! it's in the nature of your cult ! You are all evil , Stupid , disgusting Turd harvesters !
Get a fucking life ! Go to that shithole Gaza ! hope you like it there ! it's pretty filthy , Much like other Third world countries !
You all have shown your True colors at your Violent protests ! Very un-American Of you ! Just go there and help out ! I believe they need it !
You know there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with an issue but you jackass's are taking it to the extreme end of stupidity ! who the hell do you people think you are ! If you feel so strongly about this conflict , Grow some balls And go there and help out !

Friday, January 2, 2009

U.S. steel industry urges "buy America" recovery plan

Having worked in the field of Construction for 22 years doing concrete ! Through those years I have been and I am currently Working on Government funded Jobs , Mostly National Guard , But some like my current job is for the Regular Military ,( Munitions Bunkers in New Mexico , McGregor Range )
Years ago and as far as I know it is Required to use American Products ! All the way down to Nails , Screws , And even glue that you use on everything !
But over those years I have seen that thrown aside for cheaper and considerably weaker,less quality , Chinese and other foreign countries Goods !
If you use weak Foreign steel in the bridges , school's , roads , and buildings that we as Americans will be using then you are asking for trouble !
Chinese tools made with their own steel are considerably weaker ! therefore Dangerous to use ! Take that steel and put it in a bridge you are going to drive over ? Who knows what will happen !
This is something that needs to be "RE-Implemented" USE American products , Demand that they are Used ! Do not settle for less ! It Will Help the economy by putting Americans Back to work ! WE need to stop the flood of foreign goods into America !

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ailing U.S. steel industry is pressing President-elect Barack Obama for a public works plan that could be worth $1 trillion over two years to boost flagging demand for U.S.-made steel, the New York Times reported in Friday's editions.

Daniel DiMicco, chairman and chief executive of Nucor Corp, a giant steel maker, told the paper the industry was asking the incoming administration to "deal with the worst economic slowdown in our lifetime through a recovery program that has in every provision a 'buy America' clause."

The industry supports building mass transit systems, bridges, electric power grids, schools, hospitals and water treatment plants -- all of which would require large amounts of steel.

"We are sharing with the president-elect's transition team our thoughts in terms of the industry's policy priorities," Nancy Gravatt, a spokeswoman for the American Iron and Steel Institute, was quoted as saying.

Obama, who is to be sworn in as president on January 20, has not revealed details of his soon-to-be-announced plan for spurring the weakest economy since the Great Depression more than 70 years ago. Aides have indicated most of the package will probably go into infrastructure spending rather than tax breaks.

"If the president-elect really follows through, he'll fund a lot of mass transit projects," said Wilbur Ross, a Wall Street dealmaker who put together a steel conglomerate known as Arcelor Mittal USA.

"All the big cities have these projects ready to go."

Since September, U.S. steel output has plunged about 50 percent to its lowest point since the 1980s, largely because construction and auto production have fallen sharply.

The fall-off in production of appliances, machinery and other electrical equipment has also reduced steel orders, sending the price of a ton of steel down by half since late summer.

Industry executives are "adding their voices to pleas for a huge public investment program of up to $1 trillion over two years," the Times reported.

Imports, which account for about 30 percent of all steel sales in the United States, are also hurting as customers disappear, the paper said.

Parents of China milk scandal victims detained

China just makes it to easy To despise them ! What the fuck is wrong with these Douchbags ? How can you throw the parents of the kids who were "poisoned" by over 22 Dairies And formula makers , IN JAIL ? A labor camp no less ! Just for trying to have a news conference ?
China just is Brutal in their ways that they handle their people !
Just another Fuck China moment !

BEIJING (Reuters) - A group of parents whose children fell ill from drinking tainted Chinese milk have been detained by police apparently trying to block them from holding a news conference, one of the fathers said on Friday.

At least six children have died from kidney stones and more than 290,000 made ill from the melamine-contaminated milk, battering already dented faith in China-made products and prompting massive recalls around the world.

Tian Wenhua, 66-year-old former general manager of the now bankrupt Sanlu Group, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of "producing and selling fake or substandard products." She is expected to be sentenced to life imprisonment, the Beijing News said.

One of the fathers, whose 13-month-old son suffers from severe kidney stones, said some parents, including himself, were taken to a labor camp on the outskirts of Beijing.

"We are under house arrest now, and they did not give us any reasons why they kept us here," the father told Reuters by phone.

Five parents had been detained, but the rest of the group held a news conference on Friday, calling attention to the plight of the children.

"The government said all the medical care is free, but when it comes to the local level, things change. I have already paid more than 50,000 yuan ($7,300) for the operation and cure," said the father, a migrant worker from Sichuan province.

Melamine, an industrial compound used in plastic and fertilizer, was added to milk to cheat protein tests.

Some 22 dairy firms, led by Sanlu, have apologized and asked forgiveness for the contamination.

"We are deeply sorry for the harm caused to the children and society," they said in a New Year text message to millions of phone subscribers.

"We sincerely apologize for that and we beg your forgiveness.