For all the bellyaching about the erosion of America’s civil liberties, a look at a country like China should remind us what a lack of freedom really looks like:

Shocking footage of crowd control ‘Chinese-style’ has been obtained by Sky News.

The film shows dozens of hired thugs running amok in a village just 60 miles from the capital Beijing.

Villagers are shown being beaten with long canes while gunfire can be heard in the background.

Six villagers are reported to have died while 50 were injured.

It is the worst footage of violence to emerge from the secretive country since the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989.