As the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party gets closer, people all over China have been protesting against what they call “excessive pandemic prevention.”

Shenzhen woman protests by running barefoot down the street

Shenzhen is a city with a population of more than 18 million in the southern province of Guangdong. Bordering Hong Kong to the south, Shenzhen is known as the Silicon Valley of China.

Since last Thursday, September 22, Shenzhen has gone through a COVID flare-up with a few cases found. As a result, Shenzhen ordered its residents in three districts to stay home as it still strictly follows its zero-COVID policy.

On September 24, a young woman in a dark dress could be seen running barefoot with her hands open through the streets of Shenzhen.

She yelled, “Too much epidemic prevention.”

“Give me back my freedom!”

Several anti-epidemic officers in red vests chased the woman, and then several other police officers took her away.

A Twitter user by the name of “Old Cobbler)” retweeted the video and said: 

“She’s not crazy, she’s just living in a big lunatic mental hospital…”

On September 25, another video posted online shows a certain place in Shenzhen was reentering a lockdown. A woman grabbed the control fence, got down on her knees, and yelled to COVID medical workers, 

“Let me out!”

Several people stood behind her and watched with sorrow as the community was locked down again.

Mass protest in Futian oppressed by police

On Monday, September 26, a group of residents in Futian District, Shenzhen, got together to protest the lockdown. The government sent many police officers to crack it down. 

A video on the Internet shows a man holding a loudspeaker and shouting at government officials, “The CCP’s words are like farts, throughout, their words and actions are all lies.”

Video footage showed that protesters and police officers got into fights. The scene was chaotic, and a lot of people were arrested. 

Another footage shows how the quarantined Shenzhen young residents climbed over a fence to escape. Ironically, on the fence where they climbed has a sign attached that reads “freedom”. 

Some people even crawled under the metal barriers. 

In a subway cabin, there are tons of people fleeing the lockdown city, filling up the whole place.

China has stuck to its zero-COVID policy since the start of the pandemic despite enormous social and economic costs. The policy includes quick lockdowns, long quarantines, and mass testing on a large number of people.

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