Covid lockdowns spark violent protests in China’s Guangzhou city

China is happening Covid The lockdown is fueling growing public anger, with some residents in the Guangzhouone of the country’s largest cities, holding rare protests against the strict rules.
In videos circulating on social media, hundreds of people can be seen marching through the streets and breaking through police barriers in Guangzhou’s Haizhu district, which has been under lockdown since late last month.
The protests took place in several “urban villages”, mainly poor neighborhoods where migrant workers live, the Hong Kong Economic Review reported. According to reports, local authorities have sent multiple police cars to the protests.
The Chinese, especially those in urban centers, are becoming increasingly agitated after nearly three years of restrictions under the country’s Covid Zero policy.
The lockdown shows no sign of easing even as authorities relax some restrictions, such as shortening the mandatory quarantine period for domestic travelers and scrapping a system where airlines airlines are fined for carrying infected passengers. Food shortages and the difficulty of getting timely medical treatment are among the biggest complaints of people locked in their homes to quell the epidemic.
Very few posts discussing the protests – seen by some as riots – can be found on Weibo and WeChat, two of the largest social media platforms in China, where the discussions are held. Online opinion is often censored to control public opinion. As of Tuesday morning, hashtags on Weibo such as “Riot in Haizhu District in Guangzhou” and “Riot in Haizhu” were still visible, but previously visible posts had disappeared.
Guangzhou has locked down two other districts, Panyu and Liwan, with the number of new infections rising to 5,124 on Monday. Huang Kunming, Secretary of the Communist Party of Guangdong, the province where Guangzhou is located, has ordered officials to eliminate the virus in the community “as soon as possible”, the newspaper reported, citing an internal meeting on the evening of the same day. Monday.
China reported more than 17,000 new Covid cases on Monday, the highest level since late April.
While Guangzhou accounted for the majority of them, the southwestern megacity of Chongqing also saw a spike to 2,948 cases. State media have reiterated that the country is still complying with Covid Zero, even as the rising number of infections puts that in doubt.


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