Public execution in China caught on camera

Public execution in China caught on camera

- An online video purporting to show a public execution in the Chinese countryside has reignited debate about the death penalty in a country

- Onlookers can be heard talking casually as the figure is led into a field, made to kneel and is shot in the head. They speak a dialect found in the region of southwestern China’s Guizhou province

- Chinese people largely support the death penalty – a Sina survey cited by state-run media put the number at 75% in 2010

Public execution in China caught on camera

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The video is shot from a ridge overlooking a field and shows a group of onlookers watching as a line of police cars drives into a field, sirens blazing. A man is then hauled from one vehicle and led into a nearby stretch of farmland where he is photographed and forced to kneel. Finally, the man keels over after appearing to receive a single shot to the head from a handgun. A police photographer then appears to take another photograph, this time of the victim's corpse.

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Chinese people largely support the death penalty – a Sina survey cited by state-run media put the number at 75% in 2010 — though a number of wrongful convictions and other controversies have swelled the ranks of those who want to see it abolished or severely curtailed.

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