Recently, the policy of “sealed management” – under which villages of migrant workers are heavily guarded and locked at night – has been reported in the English media. The following article from Caixin gives more details about the implementation of the policy in villages around Beijing. Translated for CDT by Thomas Howell:
The Truth Behind Beijing’s Sealing the Village Management
Reporter Zhang Yanling
The 954 commuter bus kicks up a cloud of dust at the Shoubao village stop, disgorging a crowd of dusty haired temporary workers. Dragging their exhausted bodies, at nightfall they return to their small rented rooms, rented for two or three hundred yuan a month. At night they rest and revive, then the next day head out again to the bustle of the center of the city
However, in the wake of Beijing’s “Sealing the Village Management,” the ability of these workers to go out early and return late is curtailed. Shoubao and Laosanyu are two of the villages in which the trial program was launched. An iron gate was put up, a long automatic pole at the crossing, a police sentry box installed. Though wearing the uniform of a patrolman, the person in the box is still a village cadre, calling out greetings to locals as they go in and out.
As the Laosanyu village party branch secretary Wang Changxiang explained, the essence of sealed management is “community management.” At present non-native persons and vehicles must show permits to pass. Soon village residents will also have to get passes.
On 4-25, the Daxing district Public Security branch office held the “Spreading the Village Sealing Management Model Conference” in Laosanyu. Assistant Director Zuo Baoshuan said, starting from the initiative taken by the Jinxing police sub-station in March of this year beginning this as a trial program, the
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