Remember a previous post on Neatorama on mobile gallows in Africa? Well, China took it one step further. Executions there are carried out in a more modern fashion: in a mobile execution chamber inside a “death van” that shuttles from town to town.
Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China “promotes human rights now,” says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van …
From the outside, the vans resemble the police vehicles seen daily on China’s roads. A look inside reveals their function.
“I’m most proud of the bed. It’s very humane, like an ambulance,” Kang says. He points to the power-driven metal stretcher that glides out at an incline. “It’s too brutal to haul a person aboard,” he says. “This makes it convenient for the criminal and the guards.”
this…. in my mind is going one step too far with the administration of ‘justice’ . the death penalty in the back of a van. i am way of course that this could be fiction… but conceptually it smells of the efficiency run amok and the transition of any pretense of humanitarian values toward the thanatosian .