The April 14 video shows numerous police officers using extreme brutality against the residents of a residential building in Shanghai that is to be converted into a quarantine station. The civilians refuse to leave their homes and do not want to be forcibly relocated. The police reacted with harshness. The video elicited numerous angry and shocked reactions online. “It’s a human rights catastrophe,” writes one user.
There has been a lockdown in Shanghai for three weeks now. Residents are not allowed to leave their homes, and anyone who is infected is forcibly taken to quarantine stations. Catastrophic conditions prevail there: Infected people have to lie in plastic tubs and boxes in an inhumane way. These tough measures are being practiced because of the “excessively high number of new infections”. Shanghai reported 26,000 new infections on Wednesday – actually a low value for a city of 26 million people. A majority of cases are also described as asymptomatic. The Chinese regime is also pursuing a merciless censorship policy on Chinese platforms – despite the growing displeasure of the population.
Videos of people looting supermarkets in desperation are surging on social media. Others show communist regime control squads beating up people violating house arrest. Cell phone footage of pets being beaten to death in the street for fear they could spread the virus also caused an outcry. Reports of mass suicides are also piling up.