Shanghai citizens banged pots and made noise on April 28, as the city remained under a tight COVID-19 closure, although half the population has been labeled a lower risk area and are allowed to leave the city.

According to a Reuters witness and locals in Shanghai, fenced-in residents in Shanghai have started banging on pots and pans in the evenings to protest the lockdown and difficulties acquiring groceries.

The Guardian also posted a video showing frustrated residents banging pots and pans.

A poster circulating on social media called for people to make noise from 7 to 8 pm, with a banner asking for a “shout out to our home” and “banging on pots and pans to ask for supplies.”

In a Twitter post, the France24 correspondent Antoine Morel wrote, “Residents are banging pots to show their displeasure. In 30 days, we only received 3 food parcels from the government.”

He also posted what seemed to be a message from the community police saying that foreign forces were encouraging people to knock on pots, minimizing residents’ desperate pleas.

National health authorities reported 5,646 new cases of COVID-19 and 9,942 new asymptomatic cases on April 28.

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