The “zero-COVID” policy of the CCP once again caused a tragedy. On November 1, 2022, a 3-year-old boy from a residence on Xiyuan Road, Qilihe District, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province, had symptoms of urinary incontinence and unconsciousness at home. He was suspected of gas poisoning and urgently needed medical attention, but was stopped by anti-pandemic staff at a checkpoint with the excuse of pandemic prevention.
According to RFA, the boy’s father surnamed Tuo, called emergency numbers 120 and 110 at that time. But when calling 120, they didn’t call back until an hour later, and an ambulance couldn’t come immediately. So finally, at 2 p.m., he climbed over the railing, broke through the lockdown, called a taxi, and took his child to a hospital. However, because of the delay, the hospital announced at 3 p.m. that the baby had died.
Chinese Headline News reported that the incident caused residents in the area to protest, forcing the Lanzhou authorities to dispatch many police to suppress the protest quickly. As a result, the father was dragged into the street and beaten by the police. After the incident, the residence offered a sum of 100,000 yuan (about $13,700) to gain his silence, but the child’s father refused.
Tang, a Lanzhou City resident, told Sound of Hope (with audio recording), “I’m so angry now that I can’t breathe anymore, anyway I’m very frustrated! very helpless! very desperate! I watched that video last night but didn’t see any news.”
On November 2, the locals provided notice of the loss of network connection. With the pretext of upgrading the network system, authorities disconnected the internet near Xiyuan Street, Qilihe District, Lanzhou City, on November 2 while strengthening the Internet lockdown on this incident. Sound of Hope reporters tried calling the area several times to no avail.
One netizen said: “Someone in my group chat mentioned the baby in this incident, then the Qilihe district police called me and asked me to delete the group!”
However, that didn’t stop angry people from speaking out.
A Weibo netizen revealed that, until now, the local community has not contacted the child’s father and reposted the Baidu post of the father’s account, “Demand justice for my son,” which read: “I have been contacted by an NGO, saying that they will personally give me $13,700 (100,000 yuan). They also asked me to sign an agreement to no longer demand the residence responsibility and have the child buried, but I did not sign. I wanted an explanation. I hope the residence can respond positively and tell me why they didn’t let us go at that time.”
Sound of Hope quoted a netizen angrily asking: “Is pandemic prevention in the end protecting lives or strangling lives?!”