Photoseries: Last Hours on Death Row

A photoseries has surfaced on the Chinese Internet which depicts the last 12 hours in the lives of four condemned female drug dealers before their 2003 execution in Wuhan, with captions translated via chinaSMACK: On the eve of the 2003 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the lives of four female drug dealers in the city of Wuhan were coming to an end. With the permission of the relevant departments and the subjects themselves, on 9pm on 2003 June 24th, this press photographer walked into the Wuhan No. 1 Detention Center and captured their last night spent at the detention center. The photoseries follows the four women, among the approximately 20 prisoners executed that day, as they ate their final meals, picked out their last outfits, laughed, sang and cried in the company of prison guards and ordinary prisoners before they were led to a public sentencing area and then to the execution grounds. ChinaSMACK also translated a range of comments from Chinese netizens about the photos and the broader social implications of the executions, including the following:
凤凰网北京市网友:网络路人甲 – “When I think of those people whose lives have been ruined by drugs and would be better off dead, death is not a sufficient for the crimes of these female prisoners who have killed others for profit in their drug trafficking. Lethal injection is letting them off too easy. They should be shot ten times.” 凤凰网黑龙江省鸡西市网友:昨夜星辰111444 – “Drug trafficking is indeed detestable, but being sentenced to death for just carrying 7000 grams of drugs… Then what about that guy on the TV news several days ago who had committed 9 major crimes? Just one of his crime should be a death sentence. Drug trafficking, raping underage girls, gun possession, organized prostitution, organized crime… which one of these is
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