Anti-Spitting Campaign To Clean Up Beijing's Image

Beijing officials, hoping to clean up the city and as well as prevent the spread of SARS, have made spitting in public a crime.
June 6, 2003, 1pm PDT | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Despite Officer He's blue uniform with silver epaulets, he is not a policeman or even a security guard. As a member of Beijing's anti-spitting team, he is on the look-out for offenders. "If we catch people spitting we fine them 50 Yuan and make them clean it up," he said. The fine is about $6 - more than half a week's income for many people here. But China's anti-spitting campaign is not just about cleaning up the streets and fighting SARS, it is about image."

Thanks to Christian Peralta

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Published on Friday, May 30, 2003 in BBC News
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