Wed, Dec 06, 2017 - Page 8 News List

All Chinese are ‘low-end’ citizens

By Yu Jie 余杰

I decided to leave China when I was almost tortured to death. My son, who was not even four years old when we left, has never spent a day of kindergarten in China. Can the secret police who tortured me so severely be so sure that their own children will not be abused in kindergarten?

When all of the low-status workers have been ousted from Beijing, where will the police find the auxiliaries willing to work for peanuts and keep an eye on dissidents for them? This question might well become redundant with Alibaba boss Jack Ma’s (馬雲) big data technology. The auxiliary cops will soon be surplus to requirements.

According to a government work report from Beijing’s Haidian District, which is home to the largest number of migrant workers in the city, the district is to bring in “social capital” and will install facial recognition systems in areas around the district to keep tabs on the number of people in residential areas.

From now on, if you are not registered in that area, even if you are visiting Haidian District in the middle of the night, you will be refused entry by the face recognition system and disposed of like garbage.

Yu Jie is a Chinese dissident writer who lives in exile.

Translated by Paul Cooper

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