In recent days, Shanghai, the global financial hub and China’s biggest city, has become the epicenter of the latest Covid-19 outbreak in Mainland China.
However, unlike most of the rest of the world, which has transitioned to the stage of adapting to the pandemic, the Chinese regime still persists with its rigid Zero-Tolerance policy. Shanghai’s continued lockdown of the city has caused shortages of basic necessities, sparking anger among its residents.
Videos circulating on Twitter have captured scenes that the Chinese government does not want to reveal to the world—of life under the blockade.
On the internet, some videos record Shanghai residents being beaten by epidemic prevention workers.
In one video, a woman is forcibly pushed into a bus to be taken to the quarantine facilities. When she expressed displeasure and protest, a person wearing a hazmat suit hit and kicked her. In the clip, one person raises a question: “Why do you beat people like that, are you still human?”
In addition, a video shows a middle-aged woman shouting desperately in a residential area of Huangpu district (Shanghai): “No one cares about us! The government doesn’t care about us, Huangpu district doesn’t care about us, and the neighborhood committee doesn’t care about us either. How can we live? Help us.”
Residents in Shanghai are heard screaming from high-rise apartments after 7 straight days of the city lockdown in another video. The person filming the clip worries that there will be some major problems.
On April 14, 9 days after the city-wide lockdown, a video circulating on social media showed that residents in some communities in New Pudong (Shanghai) broke through the blockade and gathered to protest at Xiangnan Street. According to the footage, some people were chanting slogans, and some were shouting “Bring down the CCP!”
Another video showed scenes of Shanghai residents walking down the street, shouting slogans and protesting. In response to the event, the Shanghai government sent a large number of armed police wearing hazmat suits to the scene to drive the crowd away forcibly.
The extreme blockade and control policies in Shanghai have made people’s anger and frustrations against the government increasingly pile up, and their resistance is also surging. Recently, an online video showed residents banging gongs and drums, asking for food supplies in many districts. Moreover, there are many scenes of collective resistance against the government for not taking the nucleic acid tests.
Many videos circulated online on the evening of April 18, showed citizens gathered together in Shanghai’s districts such as Haiqingpu, Jiading, and Putuo, shaking pots, trays, and other objects and shouting collectively “(We) need supplies”. Some residents did this while marching outside of the building, while those who could not go outside stayed in the building to bang their stuffs and scream their head off.
Furthermore, online photos show that residents in Shanghai refused to go downstairs to take organized nucleic acid tests. Many residents also put the notice on their doors, saying “Self-test result is negative, refusing to take nucleic acid test”.
A video shows a residential area, where very few people came down to the organized nucleic acid testing site to take samples.
Another video shows a government official asking a group of homeowners in a residential area if they want to go downstairs for a nucleic acid test. All of them almost unanimously answered “don’t want to.”
People give different reasons to refuse to take the nucleic acid test. Some said “Nucleic acid every day, enough torment”. Some have condemned the constant sampling of nucleic acids as a way to increase the risk of cross-contamination, and there were even statements like: “If we continue to do this, our community will become a field hospital.”
Some residents experessed themselves, condemning the CCP policies: “Covid-19 might not result in death, but if you torture people for testing like this, if you waste national resources and close hospitals, if there is still a shortage of medicine for other diseases, if it continues to be like this, people will die. Do they have to wait until people die in mass before they stop?”
Someone suggested “negotiating with the authority”, asking the residents not to complain about the staff of the neighborhood committee, because they are also “powerless”.
As Reuters reported on April 17, the State Council Working Group of the CCP and the Shanghai government set the political goal of “a society without Covid” by April 20. Soon after, the Shanghai authorities announced that all employees would be tested for Covid-19 from April 18 to April 21, and that the isolation ward required a nucleic acid test once a day. At the same time, more communities ordered to suspend group purchases to coordinate with the “Zero covid” policy, making the supplies even more scarce.
The closure of Shanghai has created “a great famine”, and many have died from starvation or being sick without properly medical treatment. This has created a surging rage in society. On Weibo, the first sentence of China’s national anthem “Arise, those who do not want to be slaves!” became a hot trend, but was quickly censored on this platform.
The New York Times said, as of April 9, Shanghai government had turned more than 100 public venues, including public schools and high-rise office buildings into temporary makeshift hospitals called “fangcang” for large-scale medical isolation. Zong Ming, vice mayor of Shanghai and deputy head of the city’s leading group for epidemic prevention and control, hold a press conference on the April 9 on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus pneumonia in Shanghai. She said that the “fangcang” are intended to house more than 160,000 people who have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2.
According to documents published in the journal The Lancet (VOLUME 395, ISSUE 10232, P1305-1314), April 18, 2020: “Fangcang shelter hospitals are a novel public health concept. They were implemented for the first time in China in February, 2020, to tackle the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The Fangcang shelter hospitals in China were large-scale, temporary hospitals, rapidly built by converting existing public venues, such as stadiums and exhibition centres, into health-care facilities.”
Now you may be wondering a bit about the living conditions inside those makeshift hospitals in Shanghai. Let’s look at this through the story of Leona Cheng, a Chinese citizen who has been in a Fangcang hospital for nearly 2 weeks.
Cheng revealed the inside story after being quarantined for 13 days in the so-called fangcang, but her article was removed by the network administrator not long after she posted it on Wechat. The article was later reposted on Freechat. The New York Times then re-posted the article.
It said, last month, Ms. Cheng tested positive for coronavirus. After that, she was taken to a sprawling convention center, which had been converted to an isolation facility.
She complained that, at the facility, people “are not treated as human beings”. There is no privacy at all. Around 5,000 people live here together, men and women, seniors and youngsters. No single room, no partition.
There are no basic sanitary facilities, no bathroom, no shower facility, no sink, even no tap for running water. Everyone gets only a small plastic wash bowl and a toothbrush when ‘check in’. There isn’t enough water in the toilet… “I even try not to drink water, so that I don’t need to go to the toilet,” she said.
Ms. Cheng complains that, at Fangcang, there is no day and night. The blazing light is never turned off.
Even if someone had figured out how to turn off the floodlights, Ms. Cheng said, it would still have been hard to sleep at night, because that was when people would shout out their complaints and let off steam.
She said, “Lots of people complained, and some people shouted out that it was too smelly to sleep.”
Not only distressing its own citizens, the Shanghai lockdown also hurts businesses and affects China’s economy.
CNN reports that Shanghai has the largest GDP of all Chinese cities—4.32 trillion yuan (or 679 billion dollars) and the third largest stock market globally by the value of the companies that trade there.
According to Dr. Xie Tian, a professor at the University of South Carolina Aiken, based on data on Shanghai’s total GDP, if the port city suspends production, China will lose about 50 billion dollars a month.
This analysis is similar to the calculation of an economic group at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who projected that CCP’s covid lockdowns are likely costing the country at least $46 billion a month, or over 3% of GDP, in lost economic output, according to Bloomberg. The minimum estimate and the impact could double if more cities tighten restrictions.