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Frustration and anger among Shanghai residents as China doubles down on zero COVID policy


Nick Schifrin:

In one of the wealthiest cities in the world, residents are crying, “Give us something to eat.” Last week, they were so hungry that they ransacked a grocery store.

In this apartment complex, a woman shouts: “We are starving.

But the police in hazmat gear are enforcing the rules by any means necessary. They take a woman who didn’t want to take the test and separate her from her husband. Just yesterday, a man tried to hide on his balcony. No match for the authorities who impose one of the strictest confinements in the world.

And after three weeks in lockdown, residents are ready to confront the communist state, with anger aimed both ways. A city employee had to be stopped from attacking a resident who criticized him.

Today, like every day, residents line up for mandatory testing. And some restrictions have been relaxed. But much of this metropolis is still locked in silence. Everywhere you turn, yellow barricades barricade apartment buildings. Entrance doors to other buildings are taped, warning residents to enter or exit.

This is the home of an American who asked us to remain anonymous.


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