A video recording of a Guangzhou man being placed under 24-hour monitoring after returning from Shanghai has recently been in widespread circulation on the Internet.
At the video’s beginning, a government-installed camera appears to record the man’s actions during the day.
Then comes a man’s voice, “Let’s see how we eat at home in isolation!”
The man uses a long rope to hoist a basket from his top floor to the downstairs. He waits for others to put the food in the basket before pulling it up. There’s no conversation during the process.
The man lives on a building’s roof, with the door sealed off with an iron plate by the authorities. He even jokes, saying that he is treated worse than the neighbor’s dog.
The clip has attracted over 36,000 views and received 380 likes and nearly 100 comments by May 23.
The netizens mainly criticized the oddness and harshness of China’s epidemic-control measures. Many even make jokes, saying that he is so lucky to receive the government’s so-called ‘special’ care amid the epidemic.
The man in the clip is not a singular case that has been put under 24-hour monitoring through a surveillance camera in China.
According to a CNN report in April 2020, the monitoring device has long been a regular part of the Chinese’s daily life. The government often surveils them as they cross the street, enter a shopping mall, dine in a restaurant, board a bus or even sit in a school classroom.
Citing a UK-based technology research firm Comparitech report, CNN reported that China has eight of the world’s ten most surveilled cities based on camera number per 1,000 people.
The Communist regime has imposed no specific national law regulating the use of surveillance cameras.
Sharing with CNN, William Zhou, a public servant, who returned home and realized the camera existence at his home, said,
“(The camera) had a huge impact on me psychologically. I tried not to make phone calls, fearing the camera would record my conversations by any chance. I couldn’t stop worrying even when I went to sleep after I closed the bedroom door.”
Radio Free Asia (RFA) has recently reported a survey polling 1,021 Shanghai residents about their psychological status under lockdown and coercive epidemic-control measures of the government.
The survey result shows that more than 40% of Shanghai residents have felt depressed with frequent down-moods or hopelessness. They have become very disinterested in everything.