In a unified operation across Guangdong Province on Thursday night, police swooped in on 747 criminal cases, eradicated six gangs and destroyed 68 venues for counterfeiting brand products, but some experts asked whether such sustained law enforcement campaigns are a step in the wrong direction.
The swoop was the second of its kind in a three-month campaign, "Yuean 12," which started on December 26 and will end on March 25, the Nanfang Daily reported.
After an initial series of raids on January 16, Guangdong police detained 804 criminal suspects, another 2,137 people for minor offenses and seized 4,431 vehicles on Thursday night.
Earlier this month, Wang Yang, secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPC, called on security forces to crack down on crimes.
Three years ago, the Chongqing Municipality also launched a series of gang-busting campaigns against organized crime. Chongqing's campaign has drawn admiration and controversy in equal measure in recent years, as some law experts said it went against the spirit of the rule of law.
"In these overloaded operations, police might not find enough proof and carry out cross-examinations, which will lead to miscarriages of justice," argued Zhou Xiaozheng, a professor of sociology at the Renmin University of China.
Zhou told the Global Times that such campaigns on pornography and counterfeiting could not even solve superficial problems, let alone eradicating their roots.
"We have to move from a style of crackdown campaigns to a more strict adherence to the laws on a daily basis," Zhou said, "The rule of law is essential for a harmonious society."
"Campaigns are necessary and are effective in cracking down on a specific crime in practice," Zhang Zhuting, a law professor at the Transport Management Institute under the Ministry of Transport, told the Global Times.
"But in the long run, continuing centralized campaigns might bring problems," Zhang said, "the campaigns cover inaction in some departments and hinder the development of the regular legal system."