Killing People Efficiently
But there will be nothing ordinary about Yong's death by lethal injection. Unless he wins an appeal, he will draw his
final breath strapped inside a vehicle that has been specially developed to make executions more cost-effective and
In chilling echoes of the 'gas-wagon' project pioneered by the Nazis to slaughter criminals, the mentally ill and Jews,
this former member of the China People's Party will be handcuffed to a so-called 'humane' bed and executed inside
a gleaming new, hi-tech, mobile 'death van.'
After trials of the mobile execution service were launched quietly three years ago - then hushed up to prevent an
international row about the abuse of human rights before the Olympics last summer - these vehicles are now being
deployed across China.
The number of executions is expected to rise to a staggering 10,000 people this year (not an impossible figure given
that at least 68 crimes - including tax evasion and fraud - are punishable by death in China).
Now, six decades later, just like the Nazis, China insists these death vans are 'progress'.
The vans save money on building execution facilities in prisons or courts. And they mean that prisoners can be
executed locally, closer to communities where they broke the law.