Residents of Chinese city clash with police over coronavirus restrictions

Residents of the Chinese city of Linyi, located in the northeastern province of Shandong, clashed with police on Tuesday as public backlash against endless coronavirus lockdowns intensified.

At least seven arrests were reported, although most other details of the unrest were quickly erased by China’s vast army of censors.

Linyi Police Posted a statement warning that ‘strong action’ would be taken against those who ‘unlawfully violated citizens’ legal rights to personal protection’, presumably meaning anyone who takes to the streets in defiance of coronavirus lockdown orders to protest those orders .

According to the state leadership China Daily, the seven people detained at Linyi were “epidemic prevention officers”, accused of “dragging and beating” residents of Lanshan district. No details were provided as to why “epidemic prevention officers” became so aggressive with residents.

india Hindustan time said government coronavirus workers turned violent after Lanshan residents “opposed tough Covid control measures in their community”. Police got involved after an embarrassing video of government workers in hazmat gear hitting citizens and pushing them into vehicles went viral.

The Chinese Communist Party may not have cared so much about public reaction in the past, but public frustration over coronavirus lockdowns is visibly rising in the authoritarian nation, especially as coronavirus outbreaks continue. to occur despite draconian measures long abandoned by the rest of the world.

The latest Chinese coronavirus hotspot is Canton, a city of 18 million people that is the capital of Guangdong Province and a global manufacturing hub. Guangzhou’s outbreak began two weeks ago and is currently producing more than 2,000 reported infections per day.

Several districts in Guangzhou are currently under heavy restrictions, but a citywide lockdown has yet to be imposed. Some observers see this as a sign of a modest easing of China’s frantic Chinese coronavirus policy, since the equally large and important city of Shanghai was submitted to an abrupt two-month lockdown last summer after a comparable number of infections were reported.

More than 1,000 cases per day have also been reported in Xinjiang, home of oppressed Uyghur Muslims, and Inner Mongolia. Both regions have been suffering from heavy travel restrictions and closures since early last month.

The capital of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot, was rocked by public outrage over the weekend after a 55-year-old woman was found dead in a locked apartment complex. The woman’s family asked community workers for help, saying she suffered from anxiety disorders and had suicidal tendencies.

“An investigation revealed that property management and community staff were slow to respond, did not respond properly and lacked sensitivity to emergencies,” the Hohhot government said in a statement on Sunday.

Days earlier, a three-year-old boy had died of gas poisoning in the western city of Lanzhou because his father was unable to rescue him from a locked residential compound. The boy’s father was thwarted on his first attempt to leave the building and get help because he could not produce positive coronavirus test results when asked.

“My son’s cause of death was an accident, but throughout the process of our appeal for help, there was a breach of responsibility and a breach of duty. Pandemic control has gone too far,” the boy’s father, Tuo Shilei, told the BBC.

Protesters took to the streets of Lanzhou and fought with police after the boy’s death, and unlike Linyi, the outpouring of grief and anger was so huge that Chinese censors were unable to block all the social media posts. A police department statement claiming officers responded to Tuo’s calls for help within 13 minutes has been widely dismissed as a lie by angry Lanzhou residents.

Video showed men in black uniforms hitting and kicking a protester as onlookers sarcastically shouted “The Communist Party is just awesome!” and “The three years of the pandemic were his whole life!” – a reference to Tuo Shilei’s son.

“Whether the police statement is true or not, people’s resistance caused by the pandemic has reached its peak. All the censorship and cover-ups made it worse,” wrote one user on the tightly controlled Chinese social media platform Weibo.


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