Conscious Flow Radio

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rounded up into torture camps: the 'undesirables' China doesn't want you to see

The Beijing regime has deployed an army of 500,000 smiling volunteers to help foreigners find their way around the teeming capital city.Blades of grass have been individually combed. Signs have been erected in English.Spitting has been banned and taxi drivers have been told to wear ties.
But there's none of that here in the suburb of Daxing, where the only 'venues' are the five camps into which thousands of China's 'undesirables' have been swept from the streets of Beijing and locked up.
From street children, hawkers, the homeless and prostitutes, to the mentally ill, black migrants, drug dealers and gays caught in public bathhouses, the camps on the outskirts of the city started filling up with Beijing's 'undesirables' last year as part of the Chinese regime's determination to present what it sees as an acceptable face to the world.