After a brief time of easing restrictions and re-opening, many residential districts in Shanghai are in lockdown again. Residents undertook a massive escape, taking as much luggage as possible. Others resisted the latest lockdown and broke out in protests. 

A video posted on June 7, reported that Hunan Street in Xuhui District, Shanghai, will be closed for another 14 days. Residents are seen escaping, pulling suitcases, and fleeing one after another. The man who filmed the video sighed that everyone in his area was fleeing with bags.

Another video shows a Shanghai man standing in front of the iron fence protesting with a loudspeaker in his hand, playing a recording. According to what he says, he was denouncing that on June 4, unknown people broke in and imprisoned his community without permission. 

The unknown groups entered the community at night, dressed in white suits, and did not show their faces nor report the names of their units. 

On June 8, the Chinese painter Hua Yong posted a video on Twitter showing that the man who played the recording was forced into a police car. People at the scene supported him by shouting at the police and asking why they arrested people.

Along with the video, Hua wrote that Shanghai is still in a state of closure. When he saw young people in Shanghai standing up and resisting fearlessly, it gave him hope. He then cited a quote from a movie: “If you don’t stand up, there is no hope. The prison can’t hold 10,000 people and can’t hold 1 million people.”

In another Twitter posted on June 7, Hua revealed that two residents had been taken away. Two activists who recorded the scene had lost contact, and the young men in black were detained for ten days. He added that the street leader did not fulfill his promise the day before. Instead, the surrounding four blocks were included in a stricter blockade.

On June 6, there was a rumor that Shanghai might close for another month on June 20, with no express delivery or takeaway available. However, the authorities denied the story and referred to them as rumors.

Shanghai residents, however, claim they do not trust the official denial because they have experienced in the past that what officials deny is likely to become true.

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