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This is our exclusive report from China. On one hand, we hear all the voices praising China and its government for relaxation, opening, democratization, etc.; on the other hand, there is the truth...
Ever since the establishment of Communism in China, the Chinese Government has been using this method of "opening", "coming out", or encouragement of "a healthy criticism towards the government", etc. Invariably, each of the "relaxation periods" ended with a slaughter of thousands of people hopeful for a change for the better. Currently the government is preparing for even better dealing with anybody that doesn't fit their template of a "good citizen".

In a spirit of paranoia - and the push for a complete control over the populus - typical of every totalitarian system, in China, you can see cameras on almost every corner. You can see them in any place; like squares, streets, intersections, entrances and exits of toll highways, monuments, and any place where one may expect higher density, or flow, of people. It is true not only of big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, etc. In smaller cities, along bigger and mid-size highways and freeways, cameras are often located every few kilometers, sometimes as close as one or less kilometer apart. Even some of the smaller places we had a chance to visit so far have cameras in their biggest transportation centres.

In some places, you may see cordons of police, military, and plain-clothe police, along the railroad tracks, facing away from the tracks, as if to stop someone from accessing the passing trains. Some of those lines stretch for many kilometers. In some places, you can see police and unmarked cars with police and individuals wearing plain clothes, holding walkie-talkie's and cell phones in their hands.

Road Camera outside of Beijing properIt is a normal picture to see a police officer stopping a cyclist and checking the person's belongings. It seems that this type of "routine" stops serve no real purpose. After all, who cares how much onion, or some other vegetable, someone houls in a bag, on the back of their bike... It seems, though, that the society has to live with this perpetual reminder that the government can do this kind of thing whenever they feel like it. 

Do we all remember the events of Tian An Men Square in 1989? High-resolution cameras were a big help in identifying and hunting down so many of the "antigovernment criminals", "dissidents", "saboteurs", "antirevolutionaries", and whatever other terms were used. 
As we learned from people who remember the 1989 events, pictures of the demonstrators in the Chinese media were usually mixed with images and propaganda about "brutal attacks" on the officials by the "antigovernment forces". Our American friends - a couple that lived in China at that time - told us about the vicious propaganda and untruthful reports in the Chinese media; including photographs of the Communist Party members hanging from bridges...

Freeway CameraThe density of the locations of the cameras in many places would be ridiculous, if not for the thought that the totalitarian system places them there for a good reason, and the actual security of the average person on the street seems to be the last thing that's on their mind. This seems to be true not only about this particular government. Can we see the emerging pattern, finally?


Bridge-mounted Camera

Freeway Camera

Another Freeway Camera

Rotating camera in center Beijing
R-Kiver / Posted: September 2003 / Last revisions: Sept. 2003
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