On May 12, a video circulated on the Internet showing that Panjiayuan, the top community in Chaoyang District, Beijing, was closed.

However, Chinese language media Xin Tang Ren reported that residents were not allowed to leave the community. The residents told epidemic prevention officials that they didn’t want to be prohibited from going out of the community.

In the video, a citizen representative from the area talked with the epidemic prevention official. He pointed out that the document from Beijing has no legal effect. In addition, he said that there wasn’t any positive case or close contact in the area. He asked for no hard isolation “because it is unconscionable, unreasonable, and illegal”.Many residents agreed with the speaker. They suggested leaving in groups of 5 or 10 people at different times and sections.

According to Chinese language media Xin Tang Ren, residents added that they could follow the rules.

The person said he reported to people in charge of the city, such as lawyers and police. But it didn’t work. He said that the residents wanted to raise a voice to intervene.

He went on to say that there was no such law that restricts the residents’ ability to go out.

In addition, Chinese language media Xin Tang Ren said that many neighborhoods had been subjected to even more stringent closures. Not only residents on the same floor but neighbors who live on the upper and lower floors were all forcibly taken away for isolation. This extreme preventive measure triggered public anger.

Furthermore, many Covid negative neighborhoods are forcibly isolated. A video circulated on the Internet shows that no cases were sealed off in Beijing’s Chaoyang District’s Fairview East neighborhood on May 10. Residents went downstairs to protest.

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