AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Types of Police in China

Posted on Jun 7, 2014

1. Police in full uniform – usually well fitting and under a big parasol 2. Police in unform wearing trainers – chilling and if near somewhere they should be guarding then asleep on a stool or chair 3. Military police – have guns 4. Paramilitary police – have large guns and wearing a bullet proof vest 5. Traffic police on a plinth – wearing white gloves and have a whistle. Generally the women do their job whilst the men just stand there. 6. Sleeping police 7. Police sat in a group – doing nothing 8. Female police in spectacular heels 9. SWAT police – only in Tibet. I think they liked the name SWAT. 10. Train station police – pat you down on entering the train station. 11. Checkpoint police – grumpy 12. Provincial police – usually wearing shoddy clothing such as trousers that don’t fit or a jacket from rejected clothing 13. Undercover police – have a walkie talkie blaring from their belts 14. Police sat in electric vehicles – usually eating or getting ready to ferry their buddies around All of the above police have one thing in common. They do not appear to carry out law enforcement instead they sleep, eat or talk to avoid stopping any misdeameanours but rest assured, should you commit a thought crime such as ask about the massacre at Tiannamen square then you will be...

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China: The Inconsistent Police State

Posted on Nov 16, 2013

We always knew that China was strict with seeing ID and monitoring people, but the extent to which it does it has been a surprise. An even bigger surprise is which laws are strongly enforced and which seem to be openly flaunted. To enter the Forbidden City in Beijing Annemarie’s bag was searched (as was everyone else’s), but mainly for paperwork, anything that could spread ‘propaganda’. To enter Tiananmen square everyone had to undergo the same bag search, plus a full pat down, ID check and even bottles of Coke were opened and the contents sniffed. Except of course if you were a foreigner and they let you through with no checks whatsoever. To change my foreign currency I had to show ID. To buy train tickets I again had to show ID. Then to enter the railway station I had to show the ticket plus my ID. On the train security carried out random checks on passengers, he had an electronic device which contained images of the passengers’ ID cards (your ID card/passport are photographed when you buy the tickets) and checked to see if they match up with the passenger allocated to the seat/bed. I guess this is to control people’s movements and to make sure that certain people can’t enter sensitive areas or travel freely. I can’t access Facebook, which is not a huge loss but still shows the fear of people writing and communicating what they want. In Beijing the army is on the streets. In front of many buildings, at underground exits, around main tourist sites and even guarding a park. The army shouldn’t be on the streets in any free country, they are for fighting external enemies not internal enemies of the state. Also the police presence around sensitive sites was enormous. At every major road junction, underground station and basically anywhere that you would expect a crowd of people you will see a police presence (usually indicated by some tacky red and blue flashing lights, like in the USA but plastic looking cheap rubbish). On the other hand a number of ‘crimes’ seem to go unpunished. Ticket touts are everywhere and they have tickets for everything at a bargain price. From cheap underground tickets to half price tours. They stand in front of the entrance to the underground and sell tickets for half the official price. The tickets surely won’t work yet the police do nothing. In the hostels they have examples of illegal tour companies and their cards, these people are everywhere in Beijing selling tours (most are probably legal) and yet the police do nothing. The traffic laws are either...

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