Facing the Chinese Communist Party’s draconian pandemic prevention measures, signs of rejection began appearing in Beijing. Among them, the slogan “Better die than have no freedom,” appeared in the streets for the first time since the “June 4, 1989” Tiananmen Square incident.

Over the past few days, on social media, a number of photos have appeared showing that in Wangjing Xiyuan Area 3 Garage residential area, Chaoyang district, Beijing, someone sprayed Chinese characters on many nucleic acid test counters. If these Chinese characters are put together in a sentence, it would mean: “For the past 3 years, I have become emotionless.” This sentence shows how helpless people feel. And the graffiti at other nucleic acid test counters only confirms it. One test counter also located in Wangjing has been repeatedly painted with the slogan “Better die than have no freedom.”

This is reminiscent of the 1989 pro-democracy movement. During that time, students protested with the slogan “Better die than have no freedom” that could be seen all over Tiananmen Square.

Besides, in response to the opening of the school year, on August 22, the Beijing government announced that colleges and universities would implement stricter controls, and announced the normalization of various measures. This has caused strong discontent among students. On Weibo, related topics have gained 98.39 million views.

The Sound of Hope newspaper quoted comments from students.

One student said: “You lock the students at school, it would be strange if we don’t make a fuss.”

This student even hinted that the 20th National Congress was the reason behind the Chinese Communist Party’s strengthening control, though this could lead to the situation getting out of control.

Some students also questioned the authorities. One said, “I did nothing and have been blocked for 4 years, this is like being in prison, why should students be blocked?” Another comment, “To create a political illusion, they can do anything.” and finally one wrote, “Can’t you, leaders, really see these intense emotions? How dare you think that these emotions are nothing, and these emotions can’t make big waves?”

Some netizens said that this reminded them of the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident: “Isn’t it the students protesting and the government ordered shooting at the students?”

Although network administrators repeatedly delete articles, university students continue to express anger at the CCP’s prolonged pandemic restrictions.

According to Sound of Hope, in recent months, Beijing University of International Studies, Peking University, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Normal University and even the Institute of Technology Beijing have repeatedly reported cases of students gathering to protest the lockdown.

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