The 19 CCTV cameras that were once tasked with watching a single intersection in Qingdao have all been taken down this week, according to photos from Tencent. We can only assume that chaos and crime will soon arrive to fill the void.
Pictures of the comically over-supervised intersection hit the web earlier this month and ridicule from web users, as well as its general uselessness, has apparently led to the cameras being reduced from 19 to 0.
According to NPR, the Chinese government has installed more than 20 million cameras across the country to combat crime and maintain “social stability.” The nationwide surveillance system—which China refers to as Skynet —can certainly be intimidating in its size. Though, the cameras’ weakness to smog may turn out to be its Achilles’ Heel.
Thus ends the surveillance state.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Tencent]