Can We Talk About What’s Happening in China?
Or is that a big no-no?
Editor’s note: “Control your soul’s desire for freedom” — this video takes the dystopia award for me:
As seen on Weibo: Shanghai residents go to their balconies to sing & protest lack of supplies. A drone appears: “Please comply w covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Do not open the window or sing.” https://t.co/0ZTc8fznaV pic.twitter.com/pAnEGOlBIh
— Alice Su (@aliceysu) April 6, 2022
Also why is CNN now sounding like Anti-Empire, reporting on dissent vs lockdown and against pro-lockdown censorship? Why does CNN love freedom only in China?
Shanghai's 25 million people under lockdown indefinitely. Chinese social media shows some breaking out of lockdown to protest, chanting: "we want freedom"; "why are you starving us?"
Much of the dissent is censored. Most of videos in our story were erased from the internet @cnn pic.twitter.com/QUHrfqEhiG
— Selina Wang (@selinawangtv) April 6, 2022
Personally, my guess is that it’s all about stubborness and saving face. If China stops doing lockdowns just as Omicron is making record numbers of PCR tests turn ‘positive’ it would give lie to the story it was the Party’s strict regime that kept China largely Covid-free for the most of 2021 when it was really non-human, virus factors.
Mianzi. We are seeing a repeat of Xi Jinping's face saving mania playing out in Shanghai right now. This time it won't end well… https://t.co/ioUmjv62QZ
— Ron Carlin (@carlin_ron) April 8, 2022
Source: Edward Slavsquat
In mid-March, around 50 million people were put under Virus house arrest in China’s northeastern province of Jilin and in the southern cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan.
More recently, millions of Shanghai residents were ordered into lockdown as hazmat squads carried out citywide testing. These bold “public health” measures have just been expanded to cover all 25 million people who live in China’s main financial hub.
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) April 4, 2022
It’s strange there is so little discussion about what the heck is happening in China, considering China’s undeniable importance on the world stage.
So we’ve decided to create an Open Thread where open-minded, thoughtful, very handsome and beguiling people (that’s you) can share their thoughts/URLs/TikToks/etc. on this subject.
Below are a few observations from your humble Moscow correspondent. Please contribute to the discussion in the Comments Section.
Testimonials from westerners: “Food, please”
Let’s start with eyewitness reports from westerners in Shanghai. There are apparently some problems with food acquisition:
Day 16 of our Covid lockdown in Shanghai today and food is the key thing on people’s minds
We aren’t allowed to leave home so delivery is the only way
I was up at 6 am yesterday trying to get any kind of delivery but nothing was available all day
So far, same results today
— Jared T Nelson (@Jaredtnelson) April 2, 2022
A fellow who works for the BBC reported he was gifted government-veggies (and later some chicken) but was still struggling to obtain certain items such as… water:
Nobody is allowed outside – not even one person to collect essentials. Given vegetables yesterday by govt but only enough for a couple of days. Need meat, rice, eggs, and most importantly water. Many of my friends in the same position. What about the elderly who don’t use apps?!
— Edward Lawrence (@EP_Lawrence) April 5, 2022
8.30pm on day four and it’s a food delivery of vegetables and frozen chicken drumsticks. The lockdown clearly isn’t lifting as planned tomorrow, though I think most people had already gathered that. #shanghai #lockdown pic.twitter.com/sItNCDABOl
— Edward Lawrence (@EP_Lawrence) April 4, 2022
There’s also this guy, who seems genuinely grateful for his vegetable ration:
Just received 8kg of free vegetables, courtesy of Chinese government during the Shanghai lockdown.
Looks like gratin dauphinois is on the menu tonight with the potatoes! pic.twitter.com/XzEkrcpuvO
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) April 4, 2022
And here’s a lockdown hymn made by Chinese rappers:
Slightly concerning videos: It’s what Twitter craves?
There are lots of freaky videos floating around. Have you ever seen a robot-dog inspect a QR code? Now you have.
Are these weird visuals somehow staged or fake or something? Maybe? But… they can’t all be hoaxes:
Positively tested Shanghai Residents are shoved and kicked onto buses violently by military personnel wearing Hazmat suits. pic.twitter.com/TuI9z2I4OL
— H̶y̶e̶i̶n̶ 🇺🇸🇰🇷 ✝️🍊 (@BabeeHyeinK2021) April 5, 2022
Meanwhile, in China 🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/SkXiSMcfQw
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) April 5, 2022
Shanghai China: It's for your health and safety… pic.twitter.com/FTDBUSds0v
— ЯΞD PILL LΞD 🔎 (@Red_Pill_Led) April 5, 2022
There are many, many more videos. These are the more “tame” ones, actually. What the heck?
Infants separated from their parents?
There are several reports alleging that children who test positive for the Virus are being separated from their parents.
According to state media, parents can accompany their young ones to quarantine centers only if they also test positive.
But there are a lot of videos which appear to show unattended children—including infants. Authorities claimed that videos showing crying, unattended children were taken at a pediatric ward of a hospital, and are not from a quarantine center. Okay but still…. where are the parents?
At around 9 pm on Mon, ambulances carrying children with #COVID19 arrived at a makeshift hospital with their parents. A medical group from #Shanghai Children’s Medical Center is responsible for their medical care. pic.twitter.com/FeSrXyfdTd
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) April 5, 2022
— lakelakekkk (@lakelakekkk) April 1, 2022
— Blake Stone-Banks (@blakestonebanks) April 5, 2022
— Jerry🐦 (@Jerry4Ji) April 5, 2022
Another video has leaked of 200 kids locked up in COVID quarantine at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. The kids have been separated from their parents. There is only 10 nurses taking care of 200 kids.The Chinese Communist Party is reportedly trying to censor all videos pic.twitter.com/uASexLmW8S
— WakeUpHumans (@Thunderace4) April 4, 2022
A video uploaded to TikTok was alleged to show the isolated minors at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center. The kids (including one 58-day-old) who tested positive were separated from parents. 10 nurses are taking care of 200 kids. The original video has now been removed. pic.twitter.com/OA9BCfmtpi
— Chu Yang (@ChuYang_Journ) April 1, 2022
Some Chinese people are… unhappy?
— 来去之间💙💛 (@ComeAndGo8964) April 3, 2022
A district in Shanghai has been in lockdown for 26 days without supplies, residents began to protest pic.twitter.com/dTiG3syByj
— cherrycat (@cherryfatcat) March 29, 2022
Edward’s Official Position
Our position on this matter was perfectly articulated by this Chinese guy who calmly tried to smoke a cigarette as hazmat-goons harassed him:
This maskless, smoking guy in Shanghai seemed to be on a mission for trouble amidst epidemic panic and he ended up going viral on Chinese social media today. pic.twitter.com/fSMCubhCOX
— Manya Koetse (@manyapan) April 1, 2022