Armed riot police have been spotted in the southern China region, parading alleged violators of the country’s harsh rules through the streets, despite the fact that the practice has been banned since 2010.
Decades of protests from human rights activists brought the ritual to a halt over ten years ago, but it has been reported to have reappeared too late as local governments struggle with China’s zero-COVID policy.
The footage appears to depict a number of masked people in hazmat suits – with posters with their pictures and names – walking down a road in front of a large crowd.
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According to Chinese media, the group is accused of transporting illegal migrants while the nation’s borders remain effectively closed due to the pandemic.
The movement has sparked violent backlash online, which has condemned the government’s extreme disciplinary approach.