‘Shame pa­rade’ for crim­i­nals sparks crit­i­cism

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

A county in Cen­tral China’s Hu­nan prov­ince sparked wide­spread crit­i­cism and pub­lic anger by hold­ing a shame pa­rade at a pub­lic sen­tenc­ing, a lo­cal news­pa­per re­ported.

On 24, Huarong County held a pub­lic rally for the sen­tenc­ing of eight crim­i­nals, which at­tracted a crowd of about 5,000 spec­ta­tors.

Photographs posted on­line showed armed po­lice stand­ing be­side sus­pects wear­ing white boards on their chests bear­ing their names and crimes. The sus­pects were stand­ing be­hind iron bars on mov­ing trucks, which also had signs with words like “pun­ish crim­i­nals se­verely.”

Such ral­lies had been held sev­eral times be­fore from 2009 to 2013, ac­cord­ing to the county gov­ern­ment’s web­site.

China banned shame pa­rades of crim­i­nals in 1998, the news­pa­per said.

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