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San Francisco prepares for Xi Jinping's visit by 'cleaning' its streets of homeless people

The city cleaned up seven intersections before the arrival of China's president. California Governor Gavin Newsom admitted they were doing it to impress world leaders.

A person sleeps near a security fence setup around the Moscone convention center hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' week in San Francisco, California, on November 13, 2023. President Joe Biden this week welcomes Pacific Rim allies to San Francisco, where he will also hold a high-stakes summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, part of the US leader's effort to confront Beijing's growing clout. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)


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San Francisco is preparing for the imminent arrival of the president of China, Xi Jinping. The city 'cleared' a total of seven intersections of homeless people, between Tenderloin and South of Market streets, which now look very different than they did just a week ago. There are no longer homeless camps full of tents in poor condition, nor is there an open drug market, and the sidewalks are completely clear and impeccable, as shown by several videos posted on social networks:

The action has surprised several residents who expressed concern that this "cleanup" was only temporary and an attempt to show the best image of the city to various world leaders.

Gavin Newsom admits that the visit of world leaders accelerated the "cleaning" of the streets of San Francisco

The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, had no qualms in admitting that the image wash was due to the imminent visit of several leaders. He did so during a brief press conference with the Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, in which he stated that the sidewalk cleaning was indeed intended to impress these leaders. "I know folks say, 'Oh, they're just cleaning up this place because all these fancy leaders are coming into town.' That's true, because it's true," he said in statements reported by Daily Mail.

However, at that same meeting, the Democratic governor also tried to reassure citizens by saying that the initiative, despite having accelerated in recent days, had been active for a long time:

But it's also true for months and months and months prior to ape we've been having different conversations, and we've raised the bar of expectation between the city the county and the state and our federal partners. We all have to do more and do better and so that's really the spirit of this this is momentum.