China’s National Health Commission has emphasized that they will be steadfast in implementing the flexible “zero-COVID” policy. Nevertheless, the Chinese people can no longer persevere.
On November 9, the internet reported a fire that broke out at a locked down and controlled residence in Yangjiaping Residential District, Chongqing City. A fire broke out in an apartment on the top floor of the building in the early morning hours of November 8, and residents had no way to escape and had to jump out of the building in despair. Some say that this person was not careful, so he fell. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they could not enter the apartment and could only remove the iron plate that sealed off the building.
A conversation screenshot revealed that at least 35 people in Zhengzhou city, Henan province jumped out of the building in a month. People under the “zero-COVID” policy” have no income and can’t pay home loans. They can’t sell it either as there is no buyer, making them see no livelihood possibilities.
According to Sound of Hope, people outside the firewall (internet blocking system) impatiently asked why the Chinese volunteered to go to a dead end instead of fighting back. But in fact, the flames of protest are spreading in China.
On 9/11, according to news from the internet, people in the Xiangmiyuan area, Xi’an city, Shaanxi province gathered to protest and demand the lockdown be lifted. In Zhuhai city, Guangdong province, people broke down the isolation wall and stormed out, demanding the lifting of the lockdown. People in Fuzhou city, Fujian province, also broke down the lockdown wall.
In addition, the Chinese also sparked a wave of rebellion on the internet. A few days ago, people discovered a video on the Douyin platform (Chinese version of Tik Tok) calling for the Chinese people to wake up. The video shows a small man dressed in black with a headscarf running while shouting, “They forced us to run away from this place, but it is them (the Chinese government) who should go.” The leader of the student movement, “1989 June 4,” Wang Dan, also specifically wrote in a Twitter post, “It turns out such a form of protest still exists! What the people in black do on the video on Douyin was a protest movement that broke out within China inside the firewall, showing that after China’s 20th National Congress, the Chinese government’s rule is facing challenges.” At the same time, Wang Dan urged everyone to repost this protest video to have more public attention paid to this incident.
In the past few days, a video commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall has appeared on Douyin. Many Chinese netizens commented: “In the end, justice and freedom will win” and “let the people choose for themselves.”
Sound of Hope said that, after the conclusion of the 20th National Congress, China is expected to move in the direction of even more extremes quickly. Wu Jiemin, a researcher at the Taiwan Academy of Sciences who has studied China for more than 30 years, predicted three possibilities for China’s direction moving forward:
1. This country is increasingly closed, falling into the long-term stagnation of “rolling in,” which is going the old way of the former Soviet Union and entering a new Cold War with Europe and the United States;
2. An “inner explosion” will be triggered, i.e., a military coup, internal turmoil, or a people’s revolution;
3. The Chinese regime can shift pressure by “invading” other countries.
The possibility of domestic turmoil in China is something that Xi Jinping fears most. So which of the three options will come to fruition is a choice for the Chinese people to make? According to The Epoch Times, Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was stationed in West Germany in 1989 when visiting Taiwan in late September, recalled the experience. He said that in 1989, no one in the world thought that The Berlin Wall would fall that way, and he believes the same thing will happen in China, and it will come sooner than anyone imagines.