As part of strict zero-Covid measures, China now tries to carry out an old tactic that the Chinese regime used in the past to control its citizens to fight against the ongoing pandemic.

According to Beijing Daily, the state-run newspaper, authorities are now applying grid-based social management in Beijing.

Beijing’s Dongcheng District is reportedly divided into 1,733 zones. About 240 grid-based city management supervisors are assigned in those zones. The supervisors and other related personnel have to monitor, inspect, and report to urban management in their designated zones daily.

Many communist party officials, social workers, and volunteers are mobilized for the job.

The newspaper cites an example of Jiang Zhixin, a grid city management supervisor at the Dongcheng District City Center. Jiang said that her inspection tasks include reporting infection cases in the zone and enforcing Covid-prevention measures such as reminding people to wear masks or keeping a “two-meter distance” around the nucleic acid testing sites.

Grid-based social management is a surveillance system Chinese authorities use to maintain public security and social order.

The grid-based management process includes dividing a specific area of a city, county, or region into smaller zones and then assigning each zone to a person. The person is expected to regularly report all activities in their allocated zone to the local government authorities.

The grid-based management has its roots in the “Maple Bridge Experience” that emerged in 1963 in China with the slogan “mobilizing the masses to fight the masses.”

Chinese authorities adopt grid-based management for different purposes.

In 2020, Beijing city implemented a grid-based for allocating medical resources.

Some experts have raised their concerns about the system as it might violate personal privacy rights and abuse individuals’ extralegal authority.

Human rights groups are also concerned about grid-based management in regions such as Tibet and Xinjiang, where the Chinese regime has been repressive.

It was reported that Xinjiang authorities use a grid-based surveillance system to develop a biological database to track the DNA of Uighurs.

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