After authorities announced the lockdown of several residential areas in the city of Shenzhen, China, under the pretext of an increase in COVID cases, numerous neighbors gathered to express their anger in front of the staff in charge of the confinements.
Several images posted on the internet show the discontent and tension between the population and the officials in charge of the restrictions.
Shouts such as “I want to live,” “we have no more food,” “we have no more money,” “we have no more food,” and “we have no more money” can be heard.
Shelves in supermarkets are almost empty and neighbors are rushing to gather supplies. The fear of running out of food leads them to a mad race, searching for stores to stock up.
Shenzhen is a city of 13 million inhabitants. The Draconian measures taken by the authorities are based on an alleged outbreak that, according to the city’s Municipal Health Commission, is 232 positive cases in 5 days.
Most of the transport system and shops were also closed.
These scenes have repeated throughout China. The Zero-COVID that the CCP implemented during the pandemic has not worked in controlling the virus. The lockdown of entire cities, home quarantine and isolation centers, mandatory masks, and mass vaccination is now being questioned by numerous doctors and scientists around the world.
Expectations collide with reality
The Zero-COVID policy includes a strategy of maximum suppression and control of the virus, using public health measures such as contact tracing, mass testing, quarantine, lockdowns, and localization software to control to stop transmission between residents as soon as it is detected. This policy is opposed to the Western approach: living with COVID, where the transmission of the virus is tolerated to achieve natural immunity.
The CCP uses its most brutal way to achieve its goal.
Under the repeated phrase “for their safety,” the population was the victim of an ordeal.
The social and economic aftermath of the Shanghai lockdown, the largest since Wuhan’s, is still present. Research Institute (PRI) President Steven W. Mosher already forecasted in an April 9 article in the New York Post that it was “doomed to fail, although not before extracting an enormous cost.”
Videos of the Shanghai lockdowns can still be found, in which people can be heard desperately screaming from their windows for food and freedom; businesses closed and thousands of containers stacked in the port.
The video “April Voices” documents the conversations of Shanghainese during the lockdown.
A baby cries after being separated from his parents due to quarantine, and a son is desperate as he cannot find a hospital to treat his father.
While anguish and frustration are felt in every word, it was soon removed by the regime’s censorship.
However, the CCP continues with the mass quarantines. To the lockdowns in Shenzhen are now added the almost 22 million inhabitants of the city of Chengdu.
People say “enough”
People began to take steps to end the restrictions.
On May 8 in Beijing, a group of students and teachers from the Beijing University of International Studies demonstrated against the lockdown measures after finding an isolation fence in the building, before dozens of policemen arrived and forced the protesters to withdraw.
In August, residents of Beihai requested that the authorities end the lockdown. The next day the order was given to lift the measures.
On September 2, in the community of Panlongcheng in Wuhan, neighbors gathered to demonstrate. Due to pressure, an official promised that measures would be lifted in a few days.
Graffiti in Beijing, posters in Shanghai, protests on social media… The discontent increased despite the authorities’ strict control to censor any sign of defiance.
The CCP imposed the most severe measures in the fight against Covid. Added to social suffering are the enormous losses in productivity, companies and foreign capital flight, and the costs of the campaign to stop the virus.
According to economists at Nomura Holdings, the cost of testing 70% of the nation’s population every two days would amount to 8.4% of China’s fiscal spending.
It should be noted that the reliability of PCR tests to detect Covid-19 continues to be questioned by several scientists.
The effects of lockdown on the youngest
The case published by Reuters reflects the suffering caused by the lockdowns of many young people in China.
Yao, 20, who asked that his first name not be used, first collapsed at the high school where he was a border, not understanding why the lockdown policies were so harsh. He said that one day he had to take refuge in a bathroom at school, crying so hard that “I felt like I was crying inside.”
In 2021, when he was studying at a university in Beijing, because he could not get rid of that depression, Yao tried to commit suicide.
A survey of 39,751 Chinese middle and high school students studying at home after the lockdown was carried out: 20% experienced suicidal thoughts. These ideas are not always accompanied by the intention of suicide, many times, they express the belief that they would be better off dead.
Accoring to the British Medical Journal The Lancet:
“The Chinese Government has vigourously defended its dynamic zero COVID-19 strategy. But China’s lockdowns have had a huge human cost. This cost will continue to be paid in the future, with the shadow of mental ill-health adversely affecting China’s culture and economy for years to come. The Chinese Government must act immediately if it is to heal the wound its extreme policies have inflicted on the Chinese people.”