City cleans up with humiliating threat

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 October, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 October, 1995, 12:00am

GOVERNMENT officials in the southwestern city of Guiyang have devised a novel scheme to keep their streets clean.

Anyone caught spitting in public or throwing rubbish on the streets will be forced to wear a distinctive yellow waistcoat, carry a small yellow flag and spend an hour cleaning up the streets.

'This will act as a punishment for the offender and serve as an education for other people,' Guiyang's Deputy Mayor, Jiang Juezhong, told the China Municipal News.

For some observers however, the measures bring back unwelcome memories of the Cultural Revolution when 'bad elements' were often similarly tagged with distinctive clothing and forced to do menial work such as sweeping streets.