Teachers and students refused to accept the sudden lockdown imposed on a university in Beijing, resulting in police being dispatched.
In online footage, a police officer warned through a loudspeaker that if people refuse to disperse after three notices, the public security officials will clear the scene and deal with them according to the law.
He continued that public security personnel will resolutely crack down on those who violate the relevant laws during this period.
The officer refused to answer questions from the crowd. As one student tried to ask a question, he did not answer and instead informed the public it had been the second notice from law enforcement for the group to dissolve.
He said that those who insist on staying at the scene or obstructing the police from performing their duties would be dealt with following the Public Security Punishment Law.
The officer stated that the crowd should leave, cooperate with the police, and quickly restore order at the scene.
The students then told each other to retreat.
It is unclear when the incident occurred, but the video’s caption said it was at the Beijing International Studies University.
Beijing has not officially announced any citywide lockdown yet. But several areas have already been shut down because of COVID-19 detection. The feeling of Beijing becoming the next Shanghai is nonetheless growing.
On May 6, a video that managed to appear on Twitter showed a woman shouting for unity against the lockdown in her area as she stood among a crowded group of citizens. Police officers were also present at the scene. Throughout the 16-second long clip, one sentence read, “Beijing is certainly not Shanghai.”
Images of wire fences being installed in Beijing have also surfaced. One picture demonstrates lines of sharp galvanized razor embedded in a gate door in one instance.
According to Reuters, new infections recorded in Beijing each day are in the dozens, far fewer than in Shanghai at this stage of the outbreak, when cases were in the triple digits and climbing.
So far, China’s capital has shut down gyms and entertainment facilities, and restaurants have restricted dine-in services. Hundreds of bus lines and about 15% of its vast metro system have been shuttered.