A blanket video surveillance system over Beijing has turned the city into an Orwellian nightmare.
Beijing police say they have video cameras manned by over 4,300 officers trained at “every corner” to cover “100 percent of the capital” during the week-long holiday to commemorate the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, according to a statement by the Beijing Public Security Bureau. It is unclear if complete surveillence over Beijing will still be in place after the holidays.
The assortment of video cameras mounted to lamp posts, traffic lights, and utility poles will monitor high-traffic areas like markets, shopping malls, parks, and bus stops.
“We are now completely covered by ‘Skynet,’ which is a huge network aimed at controlling people’s behavior on the streets.”