China Parades With Pictures Of Mandate Breakers In Bid To Publicly Shame People

( The UK Sun published video footage on Wednesday showing armed police in China parading COVID “rule breakers” through the streets to publicly shame them.

The footage reveals four people dressed in hazmat suits and wearing masks being marched in front of crowds in the city Jingxi. Each of the four is held by two officers while armed riot police look on. The four suspects were also accused of transporting illegal migrants despite China’s borders remaining closed due to the pandemic.

According to local media reports, the public shaming was done to provide a “real-life warning” to the rest of the public and to deter “border-related crimes” in Jingxi, a city that lies close to the border with Vietnam.

Meanwhile, in the city of Xi’an, COVID restrictions have been raised to the “strictest” level in an attempt to control China’s worst outbreak of the virus in nearly two years. While no cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in Xi’an, Beijing remains on high alert for any outbreak that could threaten the upcoming Winter Olympics in February.

No vehicles will be permitted on the roads in Xi’an unless they are involved in disease control work. Violators could face ten days in detention and a fine of 500 yuan ($78 US).

Last Thursday, the Chinese government imposed a stay-at-home order for all 13 million residents of Xi’an. Open spaces, buildings, and roads were ordered disinfected after over 300 cases were reported the weekend of December 18.

Meanwhile, Xi’an residents are facing starvation since they are banned from leaving their homes even to get food. The city’s inhabitants are only permitted to leave their homes if they are invited to participate in a new round of mass COVID testing or for medical emergencies.

But this is how China’s “zero COVID” policy works. Hopefully, Joe Biden isn’t getting any ideas.

Officially, COVID cases in China remain small compared to the rates in Europe. But whether that’s true is anybody’s guess.