Shanghai residents clashed with police officers who came to force them to abandon their apartments to isolate those infected with the coronavirus there, according to several videos released on Thursday, April 14, in a sign of growing discontent with the inflexible anti-Covid policy.
China’s economic capital is currently facing its worst outbreak in two years. Nearly 25 million people are trapped since the beginning of April, with difficulties accessing food.
Authorities isolate people who have tested positive, even those who are asymptomatic, by placing them in quarantine centres. But with more than 20,000 new daily positive cases in recent days, they are struggling to keep up.
The videos, which were circulated on Chinese social media, showed residents outside an apartment complex, shouting at police with their shields, wearing full protective suits and trying to make their way through the crowds. In the clip, police officers appear to be arresting several protesters, while residents accuse law enforcement authorities of this “hit people”.
#Shanghai residents clashed with police fitting hazardous materials and ordering them to hand over their homes to #COVID19 patients… https://t.co/Uu8x6QaTv2
The footage caused such outrage that Zhangjiang Group, the property developer of the apartment complex, issued a statement about the incident. confirms it “It’s calm now.” after ‘Some tenants obstructed construction’ Quarantine fence. The authorities had ordered 39 families to vacate their apartments In order to meet prevention needs The group said the fight against Covid.
In a video broadcast live on social network WeChat and retrieved by Agence France-Presse, a crying woman stated:
Zhangjiang Group wants to make our apartment complex a place of quarantine and put people with coronavirus there! »
The investor claims that he offered compensation to the residents and that he re-housed them in another wing in the same area. Monitors have deleted many online videos of the incident. But these were still circulating among users of social networks on Friday.
It seems that people in Shanghai are increasingly upset by the difficulties in obtaining food and the forced isolation of positive people in quarantine centers with rest and random hygiene. Posting videos online of pets being violently killed has also caused a scandal.
Demonstrations are less frequent in China than in the West, but they do occur regularly. And with a little publicity, they find resonance on the Internet, where the speed at which content is posted often surprises censors.
The Ministry of Health reported more than 24,000 new positive cases in China on Friday – including more than 23,000 in Shanghai. Very high numbers for the Asian country, which is implementing a zero Covid strategy.
This consists of several measures: confinement as soon as few cases appear, separating people who test positive from the rest of the population, visas issued in short periods of time, quarantine on arrival in the territory or even tracing of displacements.
It does not appear that the Shanghai authorities want to change their anti-Covid policy. For his part, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned, on Wednesday, of health measures “Can’t relax”The new Chinese official news agency said that protecting the population from the Corona virus is, according to him, the first priority.