China: Beijing Police Persecute Thousands of Small Businesses for Alleged Lockdown Violations

China: Beijing Police Persecute Thousands of Small Businesses for Alleged Lockdown Violations


The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Urban Management and Law Enforcement recently targeted over 3,500 local businesses — including restaurants, shopping malls, and commercial venues — for allegedly failing to enforce anti-epidemic prevention measures during the city’s latest outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus, the state-run Global Times reported Sunday.

Beijing’s Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau conducted thousands of public health inspections of Beijing businesses in recent days and allegedly found “hidden problems” among 3,503 venues.

“After conducting on-the-spot inspections, the local urban management department has required the responsible units to rectify the situation, handed over the cases to relevant departments for joint punishment, ranging from warnings, fines, suspensions of business according to law,” the Global Times reported June 19.

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