Categories: World News

Protesters Clash With Police In Southern Chinese Megacity

Students light candles on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in solidarity with protests held on the mainland over Beijing’s Covid-19 restrictions, in Hong Kong on November 28, 2022. AFP

 

Protesters clashed with police in the southern Chinese megacity of Guangzhou overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, according to witnesses and footage, part of a wave of demonstrations across the country triggered by Covid restrictions.

Security personnel in hazmat suits formed ranks shoulder-to-shoulder, taking cover under see-through riot shields, to make their way down a street in the southern city’s Haizhu district as glass smashed around them, videos posted on social media showed.

In the footage — geolocated by AFP — people could be heard screaming and shouting, as orange and blue barricades were pictured strewn across the ground.

People are seen throwing objects at the police, and later nearly a dozen men are filmed being taken away with their hands bound with cable ties.

A Guangzhou resident surnamed Chen told AFP on Wednesday that he witnessed around 100 police officers converge on Houjiao village in Haizhu district and arrest at least three men on Tuesday night.

China’s vast security apparatus has moved swiftly to smother protests across the country, as frustration over heavy-handed Covid rules bubbled after a fire in a locked down building in Urumqi in the northwestern Xinjiang region killed 10 people last week.

Haizhu, a district with more than 1.8 million people, has been the source of the bulk of Guangzhou’s Covid-19 cases. Much of the area has been under lockdown since late October.

Earlier in November, protesters in Haizhu had crashed through lockdown barriers and marched onto streets in a rare outburst of public anger against Covid restrictions.

Videos of that protest circulated on social media on November 14, and verified by AFP, showed hundreds of people taking to the street in Haizhu. Some tore down barriers set up to keep locked-down residents from leaving their homes.

‘Trembling and crying’

Meanwhile, videos published on China’s Twitter-like Weibo on Tuesday night showed long lines of traffic as residents rushed to leave the neighbouring Tianhe district.

One student who was told to leave her college dormitory said on Weibo: “I used to think this would be the happiest time of my life… Now I receive an emergency notification at 1:00 am, I end up trembling and crying in the corridor at 2:00 am, and I watch my classmates flee with suitcases at 3:00 am. At 4:00 am, I sit alone on my suitcase and cry, waiting for my parents to come…

“At 5:00 am, I finally got in the car and escaped from this man-eating place. I used to say that this land is kind … now it’s like hell,” the writer who uses the pseudonym Ludao Lizi said on a verified Weibo account.

Zhang Yi, a spokeswoman for the Guangzhou National Health Commission on Tuesday said “the epidemic in Tianhe District is developing rapidly, and the risk of social transmission continues to increase”.

AFP

 

Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...
Share
Published by
Ignatius Igwe
Tags: China Protests

Recent Posts

  • Headlines

BREAKING: CBN Gov Emefiele Resumes Duty After Annual Leave

CBN Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi made this known in a statement. 

1 min ago
  • Local

2023 Elections: Court Fixes Jan 30 For Judgement In Suit Seeking Voting Without PVC

The suit was filed by a civil society organization on behalf of 29 million registered voters allegedly on the verge…

52 mins ago
  • Local

Katsina Govt, Security Agencies Reinforce Strategy To Secure Worship Places 

According to Katsina, the state government is going to engage additional 1,900 fully trained vigilante corps in security-prone areas.

57 mins ago
  • Top story

At Chatham House, Obi Vows To Tackle Oil Theft, Debt Servicing, Unemployment, Others

“Go and check my records. It is there,” the Labour Party presidential candidate said, adding that he is the only…

1 hour ago
  • Local

‘It’s Sheer Peanuts,’ Ex-Army Officer Asks FG To Review Veterans’ Benefits

According to him, the amounts are "so insignificant" that well-off veterans opt out of government support to take care of…

1 hour ago
  • Local

You Are The Architect Of Your Ordeal, Imo Govt Tells Ugochinyere

It said Ugochinyere is so inconsequential with microscopic importance in the political firmament of the state to warrant any attention.

1 hour ago