It was execution day in Shanwei, an isolated town on the rugged, pirate-infested coast of China’s Guangdong province. Thirteen men, handcuffed and shackled, had already been herded into the town’s courtroom on charges of piracy. They staggered out soon after with their fates sealed: death by firing squad. ‘Doomsday arrives for “evil monsters” of the sea’ declared the local authorities with medieval relish, although afterwards they mellowed somewhat, and allowed the pirates to drink a large amount of wine, ‘to help take away the tension of being executed’ as one official put it. Thousands of people gathered outside the courthouse for a glimpse of the damned men as they were led away to the execution grounds. By then, most of the pirates were profoundly drunk and singing loudly.
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