Beijing is really sticking to its line that street-BBQ is one of the biggest threats to the city’s air supply, and the city government has announced plans to roll out nearly 20,000 security cameras to crack-down on those chuanr-roasting polluters.
Wang Yuesi, a researcher at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, claims that barbecue emissions accounted for 13% of the PM2.5 particles clogging the city’s lungs. Wang’s findings have provided the push needed for Beijing local authorities to go camera-crazy.
Enforcing bans on street meat combine the city’s love of surveillance with its love of chengguan urban police, and with victims typically too poor to retaliate.
The city’s Urban Management Enforcement Bureau deputy director (i.e. King of the Chengguan) Wang Lianfeng boasted that Beijing has already cracked-down on barbecue stalls in hot-spots in the city, and that a record keeping system has been established as well.
“We also set up video monitors and a sentry box for every road in key positions in the city. 17,000 cameras can monitor these key points, and barbecue monitoring will be controlled by the Beijing Urban Management Command Platform.” Wang said.
Good bye, Beijing street food. Hello cameras and maybe-possibly-slightly less PM2.5.
By Isabel Quan