Locked Down Chinese Citizens Fight Back Against COVID-19 Restrictions, Hundreds Arrested

The wave of pandemic-fueled lockdowns by Communist Chinese authorities has become too much for many, as a surge in violations and protests leads to hundreds of arrests.

Much of the civil unrest is spreading on Weibo, China’s social media version of Twitter. A hashtag using the Weibo name was used to post criticisms of a report by the official Xinhua news agency of police measures to stifle “misinformation.”

It racked up an astounding 500,000,000 views.

Residents of a Shanghai housing complex fought with authorities Thursday as they attempted to requisition the buildings to house COVID-19 patients. Video of the incident shows police in white hazmat suits wrestling with protestors and taking some to a white van.

Residents can be heard shouting “bring them back” and “the police are hitting people.” The livestreamed footage circulated on social media before being scrubbed by government censors.

The state-owned development company that runs the compound said that five of the buildings had been seized to be isolation facilities and nine more are being requisitioned. Authorities are quickly running out of space as Shanghai experiences over 20,000 new cases per day, and anyone testing positive is quarantined.

Homes and rented apartments are being sequestered, even as the spread in COVID-19 cases results in low numbers of serious infections. An extremely rare organized protest this week against a local school being converted into another quarantine center was broken up by police in riot gear.

A viral video shows residents screaming from the windows of their high-rise apartment building as the lockdown entered its second week. The government, in what can only be described as a bizarre scene, dispatched a drone to the location playing a message warning residents to keep quiet and comply with the lockdown.

The lockdown of China’s financial hub is now in its third week, and government censors are struggling to erase reports of defiance and even suicides. Xi Jinping’s authoritarian regime cannot be happy as seeds of dissent are sowed across the country, and any changes in its restrictive policies are positive signs that its citizens are finally being heard.