Chinese lockdown rule-breakers shamed to  encourage Covid compliance

Chinese lockdown rule-breakers are publicly shamed and paraded through the streets carrying placards with their names on in bid to ensure Covid rules are obeyed

  • Police in Jingxi city paraded alleged violators of Covid rules through the streets
  • The four suspects had to carry placards displaying their photos and names
  • China banned such public shaming and parading of criminal suspects in 2010
  • But the practice has resurfaced amid extremely strict lockdown controls
  • viene come 13 million in China were barred from going outside, even for food
  • Armed riot police in southern Cina have paraded four alleged violators of Covid rules through the streets, leading to criticism of the government’s heavy handed approach.

    Four masked suspects in hazmat suitscarrying placards displaying their photos and nameswere paraded Tuesday in front of a large crowd in Guangxi region’s Jingxi city.

    Photos of the event showed each suspect held by two police officerswearing face shields, masks and hazmat suitsand surrounded by a circle of police in riot gear, some holding guns.

    The public shaming was part of disciplinary measures announced by the local government in August to punish those breaking health rules.

    China banned such public shaming of criminal suspects in 2010 after decades of campaigning by human rights activists, but the practice has resurfaced as local governments struggle to enforce the national zero-Covid policy.

    It comes as locked-down residents in one of Cina‘s biggest cities say they are at risk of starving in their homes after they were banned from going outside even to buy food under harsh new Covid measures sparked by just a few dozen cases.

    Apparatchiks running the city of Xi’an on Monday told 13 million people they are only allowed out of their homes when invited to take part in a new round of mass testing, or for medical emergencies.








    Armed riot police in southern China have paraded four alleged violators of Covid rules through the streets, leading to criticism of the government's heavy handed approach.

    Armed riot police in southern China have paraded four alleged violators of Covid rules through the streets, leading to criticism of the government’s heavy handed approach.

    Photos of the event showed each suspect held by two police officers - wearing face shields, masks and hazmat suits - and surrounded by a circle of police in riot gear, some holding guns

    Photos of the event showed each suspect held by two police officerswearing face shields, masks and hazmat suitsand surrounded by a circle of police in riot gear, some holding guns

    Four masked suspects in hazmat suits - carrying placards displaying their photos and names - were paraded Tuesday in front of a large crowd in Guangxi region's Jingxi city

    Four masked suspects in hazmat suitscarrying placards displaying their photos and nameswere paraded Tuesday in front of a large crowd in Guangxi region’s Jingxi city

    China banned such public shaming of criminal suspects in 2010 after decades of campaigning by human rights activists, but the practice has resurfaced as local governments struggle to enforce the national zero-Covid policy

    China banned such public shaming of criminal suspects in 2010 after decades of campaigning by human rights activists, but the practice has resurfaced as local governments struggle to enforce the national zero-Covid policy

    It comes as locked-down residents in one of China 's biggest cities say they are at risk of starving in their homes. Officials running the city of Xi'an on Monday told 13 million people they are only allowed out of their homes when invited to take part in a new round of mass testing, or for medical emergencies (nella foto: A medical worker reaches through protective gloves as she administers a nucleic acid test at a private outdoor clinic on December 27, 2021 in Beijing)

    It comes as locked-down residents in one of China ‘s biggest cities say they are at risk of starving in their homes. Officials running the city of Xi’an on Monday told 13 million people they are only allowed out of their homes when invited to take part in a new round of mass testing, or for medical emergencies (nella foto: A medical worker reaches through protective gloves as she administers a nucleic acid test at a private outdoor clinic on December 27, 2021 in Beijing)

    The four individuals paraded through the streets of Jingxi city were also accused of transporting illegal migrants while China’s borders remain largely closed due to the pandemic, Guangxi News said.

    Jingxi is near the Chinese border with Vietnam.

    The newspaper said the parade provided a ‘real-life warningto the public, and ‘deterred border-related crimes’.

    But it also led to a backlash, with official outlets and social media users criticising the heavy handed approach.

    Although Jingxi is ‘under tremendous pressureto prevent imported coronavirus cases, ‘the measure seriously violates the spirit of the rule of law and cannot be allowed to happen again,’ Chinese Communist Party-affiliated Beijing News said Wednesday.

    Other suspects accused of illicit smuggling and human trafficking have also been paraded in recent months, according to reports on the Jingxi government website.

    Videos of a similar parade in November showed a crowd of people watching two prisoners being held while a local official read out their crimes on a microphone.

    They were then seen marching through the streets in their hazmat suits, flanked by police in riot gear.








    Nel frattempo, officials in the city of Xi’an on Monday told 13 million people they are only allowed out of their homes when invited to take part in a new round of mass testing, or for medical emergencies.

    In precedenza, one member of each household was allowed out once every two days to buy food. City officials said people in ‘low riskareas will be allowed out to buy essentials once testing is complete and if their results are negative.

    The tightened lockdown measures prompted some Xi’an residents to turn to social media for help, saying they are ‘starvingand appealing to neighbours for supplies.

    ‘I’m about to be starved to death,’ wrote one person on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Facebook. ‘There’s no food, my housing compound won’t let me out, and I’m about to run out of instant noodlesplease help!’

    ‘I don’t want to hear any more about how everything is fine,’ ha detto un altro. ‘So what if supplies are so abundantthey’re useless if you don’t actually give them to people.

    Medical workers in protective suits collect swabs from residents at a nucleic acid testing site during a third round of mass testing following cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Yuncheng's Jishan county, Shanxi province, China December 29, 2021

    Medical workers in protective suits collect swabs from residents at a nucleic acid testing site during a third round of mass testing following cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Yuncheng’s Jishan county, Shanxi province, China December 29, 2021

    Xi'an on Tuesday reported 175 Casi di covid, its highest toll of the current outbreak, pushing up China's seven-day average of cases to its highest level this year (nella foto sopra)

    Xi’an on Tuesday reported 175 Casi di covid, its highest toll of the current outbreak, pushing up China’s seven-day average of cases to its highest level this year (nella foto sopra)

    Xi’an reported 175 new cases on Tuesday, a paltry figure compared to other large cities around the world but a major blow to China which is continuing to pursue a ‘zero Covidstrategy even in the face of more-infectious variants.

    Nearby cities have also logged cases linked to the flare-up, with Yan’an – di 185 miles from Xi’anon Tuesday shuttering businesses and ordering hundreds of thousands of people in one district to stay indoors.

    Xi’an’s outbreak is being driven by the Delta variant and is believed to be linked to travel to Pakistan a week ago.

    The city has been in lockdown since last Thursday when mass testing revealed a case had escaped quarantine and then spread the virus widely.

    So-far this month, Xi’an has reported 810 Casi di covid – China’s largest outbreak since the virus first emerged in Wuhan.

    The 13million-person lockdown is also China’s largest since Wuhan was locked down early in 2020, which affected 11 un milione di persone.

    Di domenica, city workers were dispatched to disinfect public spaces with residents warned not to touch anything until the chemicals had time to disperse.

    Lockdown rules were then tightened on Monday evening as a fifth round of mass testing got underway.

    City workers disinfect public spaces in Xi'an, as residents were warned not to touch anything immediately afterwards to allow chemicals time to disperse

    City workers disinfect public spaces in Xi’an, as residents were warned not to touch anything immediately afterwards to allow chemicals time to disperse

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