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A video that has made its way onto a Chinese media website purports to show the public execution of a man in 2012 and is stirring up debate over the death penalty in the country.
The video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times since being posted to Sina Monday night, shows a crowd gathered on a hill above a field. Sirens blare as law enforcement arrives, eventually taking a man, who appears to be handcuffed, from a van. They walk him into the field where, after a few moments, he kneels down and is shot point-blank in the back of the head.
One of the more surprising parts? The assembled crowd doesn’t sound or appear too shocked by the incident.
Although the majority of China supports the death penalty, as the Wall Street Journal stated referencing a survey, the comments on the video paint a picture of division on the topic:
“Respect human rights! Oppose the death penalty!” read the most popular comment, pushed to the top with 598 likes.
“Idiot. You think those who are sentenced to death are normal people?” read the second comment, liked 570 times. “Their victims probably suffer more than they do. I resolutely oppose getting rid of the death penalty.”
Although the number of executions that take place in China is kept secret, a report from Amnesty International last year stated that its information “strongly indicates that China carries out more executions than the rest of the world put together.”
WSJ referenced a report from Dui Hua estimating 3,000 executions in 2012, which is far lower than 13,500 estimated in 2002.
In addition to the debate that continues on whether the death penalty should continue in not just China but all countries that allow it, WSJ said other comments involve criticizing how the man was killed and the reaction of the villagers, some of whom can be heard laughing and chatting in the video.
“This feels like killing the chicken to scare the monkey,” one of the commenters wrote, according to WSJ. “The point is to terrorize.”
TheBlaze decided not to include the video of the execution due to its sensitive nature.
(H/T: Business Insider)