CHINA: Mercy, Red Style

"Twice I have missed the executions," a Shanghai fruit peddler told a Chinese reporter. "This time I'll see them even if I have to shut down my business." Other Shanghailanders were equally determined not to miss the spectacle last week. Shanghai's papers reported that "thousands of cheering and applauding witnesses" crowded into three execution grounds at Kiangwan, Lunghwa and Yangtzepoo in the city's suburbs, and published photographs showing the laughing, reveling crowds. The Liberation Daily said that many people managed to see executions in all three places by rushing from one to...

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