Due to China’s infamous strict Zero-Covid prevention measures, the province of Guangzhou has told buses to skip stops. As a result, netizens in the city have started to criticize the authorities. They left messages in Cantonese to take a roundabout route through the heavy censorship machine. A few days ago, some Guangzhou subway stations started “reverse code scanning,” which made the stations more crowded and aroused even more criticism.
The CCP firmly upholds the dynamic Zero-Covid policy. People always have to scan the code whenever they travel around. In addition, people must scan their health, travel plans, and location codes when they enter and leave public places. The location code records personal information in a specific public place, and the health code includes COVID testing results.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Guangzhou Metro’s official Weibo account said it would gradually start scanning codes to check people getting into stations. In addition, some important stations will also require “reverse scanning codes,” meaning that passengers will have to hold the health code (Suikang code or Yuekang code) on the device. Then, people can enter the station if the display is normal after checking the code.
On Sept. 8, people entering the Guangzhou Metro Station had to scan a code. Most stations require people who want to enter the station to scan the location code. In addition, some stations have swipe machines, and people must swipe their health code to get in.
According to Radio Free Asia, many netizens talked about the chaos that “reverse scanning code” caused. Some say that when they got off work, they saw a line of people waiting to scan their codes at the subway entrance, and the people around them kept cursing and cursing. Some people also said that they had to fight with other people to scan the code, then squeeze through the crowd to get into the station after scanning. In addition, many people gather around the machine to scan the code, and some people’s codes have expired, meaning they “can’t get out if they can’t scan it,” making it so that no one can move.
The official media said that “reverse scan code” helps bridge the “digital divide” between the young and the old. But the subway station is full of people, and scanning the code to get in adds to the crowding. “If one person does not scan well, a hundred people will be late.”
Local netizens took to social platforms to show their discontent. Many of the comments were swearing in Cantonese. There were also sensitive phrases like “where there is oppression, there is resistance.” Because it is written in Cantonese, many messages have been able to get through online filters. A Weibo user said the Guangzhou Metro “shows the whole country the pomp of swearing in vernacular (Cantonese).”
According to the report, Guangzhou’s Haizhu District was closed at the end of last month, and since then, subways and buses have begun skipping these stops. At that time, many netizens started yelling at people in Cantonese, and words like “Cantonese self-governance” started showing up.
One netizen comment points out the shortfalls of China’s Zero-Covid policy:
“Now spending all the financial resources on nucleic acid testing is a form of asset destruction, just like in the steel age, throwing all resources into the furnace and burning them.”
“In the future, it will inevitably lead to poverty of the entire population, lack of raw materials, skyrocketing prices. People would feel so hard to live. Then there is the allocation of resources for survival through economic planning, and the attainment of strict control over thought and life. What you’re worried about is actually their purpose.”
The CCP’s policy of strict zero-Covid policy is getting crazier and crazier, to the point where people are mocking it as the “Second Cultural Revolution.” Some netizens said that this is the second “Great Leap Forward.”