Apparently, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not satisfied with its extreme controls and surveillance through its network of surveillance cameras, access to a massive database of citizens’ personal data, internet accounts, IP, social networks, and social code and credit systems. Now China’s General Procuratorate has imposed the use of electronic bracelets for suspicious people or those who committed “minor crimes” such as economic crimes or driving under the influence of alcohol.

As we know, electronic anklets have always been used to track criminals so that they cannot flee the city or region where they live. In the same way, the current bracelets have a GPS navigation system that will determine the persons’ whereabouts and transfer the information to the police.

Prosecutors say that using the bracelets is part of a new way of monitoring and is supposedly so that there will be fewer arrests.

But what is the difference with an ankle bracelet? The bracelet can be used on any citizen breaking the rules or just under suspicion. Even if innocent, the individual can be subject to permanent monitoring with these technological handcuffs.

“For those who have committed a less serious crime that does not warrant arrest, we can use electronic wristbands and big data for monitoring purposes,” said Zhang Xiaojin, who is in charge of economic crimes at the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

“For those cases that we decide not to prosecute, we can pass them on to other government offices for administrative sanctions,” he added.

Since March, Chengdu city police reported that they began using electronic bracelets and GPS-enabled cell phones to monitor suspects or those released on bail.

Wristbands to monitor citizens in confinement by COVID-19

However, the CCP uses electronic bracelets to monitor people under home quarantine for Covid-19 returning to Beijing from other Chinese cities.

The mandatory use of the bracelet generated outrage among citizens, especially because the health authorities had not announced it.

Most internet users expressed their anger on social networks, after a story broke about a man who complied with all the protocols, from home isolation to antigen tests, among others. But he still had to wear the electronic bracelet.

“If they need to monitor my health, I’ll cooperate with temperature checks and nucleic acid tests at the door, but I cannot accept this so-called 24-hour electronic monitoring,” said one Weibo user.

The wristband will take body temperature and send the body temperature data to a cell phone application. One citizen said, “If this bracelet can connect to the internet, it definitely is also able to record my movements and it’s almost like wearing electronic handcuffs.”

Health guidelines state that all persons returning to Beijing must have a green health code and a negative nucleic acid test.

Individuals coming from abroad must complete seven-day confinement in quarantine units and three-day home isolation with a monitoring bracelet.

Hong Kong also imposed the use of electronic bracelets for travelers. Staff from the government’s information office activate the bracelet so that the person does not leave his or her community.

If the person is found to have left home, the police may make an arrest or issue a warrant. Suppose the citizen violates the wristband isolation or facility quarantine mandate. In that case, he/she is committing an offense punishable by up to six months imprisonment and must pay a maximum fine of $3200.

The new form of covid-19 monitoring alarmed Chinese society because through this device, it is possible to track the daily movements of citizens.

Are bank protests the reason for implementing the bracelets?

The problems facing China’s financial and real estate sector have spread to more than 80 cities. The savings of millions of customers of several banks have been frozen for about two months, prompting large customer protests.

For example, 1,000 people participated in a protest in front of the Zhengzhou branch of China’s central bank on July 10. The customers were physically assaulted by bank security personnel and police. Will such protests be considered by the CCP as misdemeanors requiring control with electronic bracelets?

Bank staff allegedly said over the loudspeaker to the savers, “Your actions have been deemed as illegal. Leave in 10 minutes. If you do not heed instructions from staff on site, if you do not leave and if you continue to disrupt society, the police will take stern action.”

But the protesters are protesting because they are afraid of losing their life savings, and for that reason, they are no longer afraid of the social credit system, their score, or the police.

On the other hand, China’s central bank authorities were accused of abusing the covid-19 code system to stop the protests. The codes on its customers’ internet applications suddenly changed to red, so they could not log in to the institution.

The social credit system can be a tool to determine the use of the bracelet

The CCP’s social credit system could mean that anyone on their blacklists may be forced to have a technology bracelet fitted.

For example, China’s “real estate crisis” may be another reason for their implementation, as it may help to better control and monitor debtors. Still, it is possible that the scoring system would qualify a person for permanent monitoring with the new shackle.

The system assigns a numerical score to each citizen for behavior such as jaywalking, walking a dog without a leash, criticizing the government on the Internet, or being accused of violence and corruption. These actions are considered misdemeanors and lower anyone’s score. Consequently, the person would be deserving of the surveillance bracelet.

The absolute control of the Chinese regime has advanced so far that it is suffocating its citizens, leaving them without a shred of freedom.

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