“It harms the beauty” Shooting water cannons in sub-zero weather kicks out street vendors

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China is cracking down on a number of street vendors these days, but there is a controversy as they even fire water cannons at street vendors on days when the temperature drops below freezing.

Correspondent Kim Ji-sung, Beijing, reports.

On the 23rd, Jining City, Shandong Province, China.

The water cannons sound the sirens and fire water cannons at the sidewalks non-stop.

To drive out the street vendors.

The temperature at that time was minus 2 degrees.

The person who fired the water cannon was the secretary of the local Communist Party.

[중국 지닝시 공무원 : 서기가 개인적으로 물을 뿌렸고 살수관도 조작했습니다. 살수차 안에는 운전기사와 서기가 있었어요.]

As criticism spread, the Communist Party Discipline Committee launched a fact-finding investigation.

Earlier, on the 6th, in Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, a controversy arose over the excessive crackdown on street vendors.

An enforcement team commissioned by the local government took all the sugarcane the old man was selling on the street.

The old man couldn’t resist, just weeping.

China is regulating street vendors, for example, because it harms the aesthetics of the city.

However, the so-called ‘subsistence street vendors’ are not declining.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, second in rank, proposed last year to loosen restrictions on street vendors for the common people who have had a hard time making a living due to COVID-19, but it was not accepted.

At the time, President Xi Jinping had declared that he would build a ‘poverty-free society’, but he said that if the number of street vendors increased, the problem of poverty could be highlighted.

Since President Xi Jinping announced the achievement of a poverty-free society earlier this year ahead of a long term in office, the authorities’ regulations on street vendors are expected to continue for the time being.

(Video coverage: Gyu Ma and You Yo, video editing: Jeong Seong-hoon, CG: Jo Su-in and Lee Jong-jeong, video source: Weibo)

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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