According to Apolo News, a series of protests took place across China. It was reported that the China public security units had started to detain protesters using their mobile phone signals, and their phones had been disabled. It has the strong connotation of gathering evidence against the protesters when their phones are seized and the owner is required to produce a password. The police want to find out if they have a VPN installed or if apps like Telegram and Twitter are blocked by the CCP.
CNN reported, after the protests in Beijing were curbed on November 30 and temporarily calmed down, some protesters started getting calls from authorities and asking them questions.
These people have denied their presence at the protests. However, the police immediately asked, “Then why did your mobile phone appear in the demonstration?”
This shows that the police implement systematic interrogation systems through the mobile phone signal and protesters’ information was collected at the demonstration site.
Some more careful protesters said that they put their mobile phones in airplane mode before joining the demonstration to prevent the signal from being detected, allowing them to avoid being questioned by security.
In Shanghai, the scene of some of the most daring demonstrations, police searched people’s cell phones in the streets and on the subway.
On Sunday night, December 4, hundreds of protesters gathered near Beijing’s Liangma River to demand an end to the “zero-COVID” policy and the lockdowns. They asked for political freedom and that information censorship be relaxed.
On Twitter, some netizens posted a video of the Urumqi police arresting people at their door, saying that the security unit launched a large-scale campaign against the demonstrators and the people who spread the fire video that ignited the white paper revolution.
All mobile phone users in China are required to give telecom companies their legal name and national identity number.
In China, protests over local issues do happen, but the recent wave of protests is unlike anything seen since the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement in 1989.