Thick strips of packing tape over the mouth and newspapers covering the eyes: it certainly sounds like a humane way to secure a prisoner, and one that certainly wouldn’t go viral online after photos began circulating. Police in Huizhou, Guangdong, have come under fire after they decided to go full-tape to prevent captured theft suspects from colluding with one another.
Some 23 suspects were captured in a Guangdong raid and, as the police couldn’t understand their dialects, they opted to tape ’em up. Photos of the tape-clad suspects promptly circulated on the Chinese internet, and HugChina translated a few key comments:
NetEase user 咱想当爹的人: It is a flagrant abuse of human rights!
NetEase user 小小银月: It is a so-called rule-of-law country!
NetEase user 圣诞老虎: They do not deserve sympathy. The thieves are so detestable!
NetEase user feier14: I am disappointed to read some of the comments, which lack of basic sense of rule of law. We can see how serious the nation has been poisoned by failed education. Even the most devil people deserve some basic human rights.
A NetEase user from Dongying, Shandong: They break the law while enforcing it.
[Images via The People’s Daily]