Police Step Up Block Monitoring System in China

21 April, 2011 at 20:05 | Posted in China, human rights, persecution | Leave a comment
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By Jane Lin & Matthew Robertson
Epoch Times Staff

The Chinese regime’s fear that dangerous ideas about democratic uprisings could quickly spread has inspired an intensive monitoring system that reaches down to individual apartment buildings.In some cases, police in Beijing are even moving in to better keep an eye on problematic individuals.

According to an April 11 report by Legal Daily, a matrix-monitoring scheme has been running in Beijing’s Dongcheng District since last year. The 205 communities in the district are divided into 589 blocks. To each block was allotted a controller, a deputy controller, police, and even a block Communist Party secretary. “Command centers” were set up to monitor the overall situation of each block, the article said.

In January, Dongcheng police authorities held a ceremony to officially launch the new policing tactics based on the matrix-monitoring scheme. A policeman, whose new duty was limited to covering just one block, told Legal Daily that he was transferred from the duty of police monitoring a community of over 10,000 people to a block of police monitoring, which is just one out of the five blocks in one community.

He said previously it was too large a number to monitor and they could only do random checking and spot monitoring, but now he can perform daily monitoring without missing any corner.

Whenever the block police are on duty, they work closely and constantly exchanging information with one another through two-way radios. “This has truly reached the goal of ‘strict monitoring’ of the streets,” a December 2010 Dali Daily report said.

Read more: Police Step Up Block Monitoring System in China | China | Epoch Times

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