After the incident of a man hanging banners protesting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on the Sitong Bridge in Beijing on October 13, there were many reports the CCP had hired people to guard the bridges to prevent similar protests.
NTDTV has cited images of many people wearing yellow shirts or red bandanas patrolling Sitong Bridge and other bridges.
According to Da Ji Yuan, those hired to patrol the bridge must “maintain stability,” look around and immediately report suspected cases to the police.
The recruiter told Da Ji Yuan’s reporter that the recruitment of bridge guards will continue until the end of October.
RFA cited reports on Chinese social networks saying that each guard was paid nearly $50 (320 yuan) per day. The recruited person must be between 18 and 45 years old and have a minimum height of just over 5 foot 6 inches (1.68m).
One netizen commented that this is a high salary in China. Because, on average, a fresh graduate earns less than $9.70 daily.
According to RFA, Chinese authorities also strictly control the sale of cloth to prevent the fabric from being used to create anti-CCP banners like the incident at Sitong Bridge.
Accordingly, those who buy fabric longer than 39 inches will have to declare their real name to the place of sale.