As thousands gathered to see in the New Year in Shanghai, 36 people were killed and 49 injured in a tragic stampede in the riverfront zone of the Bund.
Shanghai is a highly monitored city with an extensive 24-hour surveillance system which the police euphemistically describe as for “both protection and monitoring.” With an average of more than 770 devices per square mile, there are more cameras than there are street lamps.
The Bund is full of financial organizations, and high-class clubs and other venues. This long stretch of riverfront is heavily monitored with all the latest high-tech cameras which can zoom in and shift gaze in just seconds.
The whole area is covered “all day and from all angles,” and images are sent to various levels of the Public Security Bureau instantly. This information was originally reported on by the Shanghai media of the Chinese Communist Party.
Under such close and multi-tiered surveillance, Shanghai police had all the details of the flow of people and changes that night, but deliberately chose to do nothing.
What will happen from here? What was the purpose of this schemed tragedy by former Party chief Jiang Zemin and his gang? Is this part of the power struggle between Jiang and new leader Xi Jinping at the cost of civilians?
Over 300,000 people cheerfully gathered at the Bund to celebrate the special occasion, but unfortunately so many lives were lost. Even now, the actual number of casualties remains unclear,
and some relatives have been kept under house arrest by authorities.
Why weren’t there enough policemen to keep order or prevent the tragedy? Chinese people are asking why this happened, and who is behind it.
Written by Litian Xiao. Translated by Cecilia