Locked-Down Shanghai Residents Scream from Windows amid Food Shortages – WATCH
Videos paint a grim picture of a growing catastrophe a
Distressing videos emerging from Shanghai show desperate residents, locked down by their government due to COVID measures, screaming from their windows because of limited food supplies.
Many of the videos that surfaced on China’s most popular micro-blogging platform, Weibo, showed residents screaming from their apartments, although the clips cannot be independently verified.
Although the videos are quickly removed by the Chinese Communist Party-controlled Internet, translators outside of the country have saved and circulated them.
The videos paint a grim picture of a growing catastrophe alongside anonymous warnings from farms and food distributors that their supplies are rotting while people fear starvation.
Beijing deployed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to patrol the city and make sure people stayed locked down in their homes, even at gunpoint.
The CCP announced it would impose its “most stringent antivirus measures ever” on its largest city in late March, allegedly necessary to contain the highly infectious omicron variant of COVID-19.
State media outlets suggested Beijing would not continue to impose its radical mass house arrest policy in Shanghai due to the economic significance of the city.
上海九亭小区居民没吃的，起事了，跟赶来镇压的警察打了起来。饿坏的上海人民也是敢打警察的。 pic.twitter.com/zk6msLHqgf— 方舟子 (@fangshimin) April 8, 2022
“Ever since epidemic prevention and control became the norm, General Secretary Xi Jinping has personally directed the deployment of epidemic prevention and control work,” the state-run Xinhua news agency claimed in late March, “and established the general strategy to prevent imported cases and internal rebounds and the general policy of dynamic zero-Covid.”
The coronavirus first began infecting people in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, which prompted a brutal government lockdown in that city.
As Breitbart reported:
In addition to the harrowing scenes that appear to show foot riots and trapped residents screaming out their windows in Shanghai, videos and testimony emerged last week that China is hauling untold numbers of Shanghai residents to poorly managed quarantine camps, separating parents from young children who test positive.
Videos allegedly from the facilities also surfacing on Chinese social media showed multiple infants tossed into small cribs and alongside toddlers, all with very minimal supervision.
Australia’s ABC reproduced several videos from Shanghai social media on Monday, appearing to show screaming from high-rise apartment buildings. One video, which Breitbart News could not independently verify, appeared to show a mob of people shouting “hand out the supplies!” referring to food, and attacking police in front of an apartment complex in the Jiuting area of Shanghai.
Australia’s News.com.au similarly compiled several videos from Chinese social media.
One appears to show a desperate crowd fighting over boxes of basic supplies; another shows a large crowd confronting Communist Party officers in blue hazmat suits, apparently trying to break through a cordon seeking food and supplies.
Multiple videos showing simply darkened apartment buildings at night, but recording the sound of screaming from the individual units visible, have also appeared on Weibo and other state media outlets.
In one particularly harrowing video sourced from Weibo, a government drone allegedly flies overhead, attempting to subdue the screaming and, in some cases, singing.
Reports from Shanghai last week indicated similar shouting in response to a visit from Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, one of dictator Xi Jinping’s closest Politburo members who has taken on the role of administering lockdowns in major cities.
“When Sun Chunlan, a vice-premier of the Chinese regime, visited Shanghai earlier this week, where tens of millions are under [Chinese coronavirus] lockdown, she was greeted by residents shouting from their apartment windows: ‘There is no food left!’ and ‘We are starving to death!,’” the Epoch Times reported.
The incident recalled a similar one in Wuhan in March 2020, when locked down residents heckled Sun from their windows as she walked the empty streets of the city.
Also indicating widespread inability to contain Shanghai’s population of 26 million people are videos showing government officials beating civilians in the street.
The videos are not dated and, once again, unverified, but international news outlets have confirmed they originated in Shanghai during the current lockdown.
Farmers near the metropolis indicate that Shanghai is not running out of food, but say the crisis is due to the government failing to implement a competent distribution mechanism to ensure food deliveries.
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
“We know folks downtown need their food. We have it here, but we can’t get it out,” a farmer identified only as “Mr. Yuan” told the South China Morning Post.
“Some volunteers at checkpoints wouldn’t even recognize our road permits and wouldn’t let us pass.”
Communist officials have attempted to insist publicly that Shanghai does not have a food shortage problem.
“Shanghai has sufficient reserves of supplies such as rice and meat, and additional food supplies could be transported from other regions when there’s a need,” Shanghai Vice Mayor Chen Tong said last Thursday, according to the government newspaper Global Times.
“Supermarkets and vegetable farms can’t operate normally and there has been reduced delivery capacity of e-commerce platforms due to epidemic prevention, leading challenges in distribution and deliveries.”