A Cautionary Tale for Expats in China - a Guest Post by Lionel Carver
During roll call, inmates are required to line up their stools in the hall and sit on them in orderly fashion. When your number is called, you stand and then sit back down.
One day, an inmate argued with a guard, and I have no idea what it was about.
However, the next day during roll call, the officer called that prisoner’s number, made him stand up, then sit down, then up again, and did this repeatedly for some time.
After roll call, we either had morning exercise or just stared into space. Morning was also used by the warden to question new inmates about their cases.
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Lunch arrives at noon and sometimes we were escorted out into a big sitting room to eat while listening to jazz music or watching a movie.
Once, they put on a pirated DVD of “Apocalypto” just for me, but I was subsequently charged 5 RMB for that viewing pleasure.
After dinner is bath time and those that want to clean their clothes washed and hung their stuff to dry on their bunks.
The rest of the night was spent watching Chinese television or socializing until bedtime.
Air conditioning did not exist.
Instead, there were two ceiling fans, and during the day if it was too hot and stuffy, the two helpers brought giant blocks of ice, which we put in wash basins in the middle of the room to help cool the air.
Continued on October 10, 2011 in My Experience as an Inmate in a Chinese Jail – Part 7 or return to Part 5.
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