Starving people who feel they have nothing to lose can become very difficult to control.
While covering the covid pandemic for the past two years, I have been astonished by the lack of skepticism by our press about the infection cases and fatalities reported by China, where SARCS-CoV-2 arose.
A look at the official reports reveals that after the initial outburst, the numbers flat-lined. The Chinese proclaimed their zero-covid policy was a glorious success . . . despite it being a total failure everywhere else in the world.
In fact, just a few short weeks ago, Chinese Prime Minister Xi JinPing said, “Some foreign athletes told us that if there was a gold medal for epidemic response, it should be awarded to China.”
Then came the Omircron variant.
Foolishly, in the wake of the most recent outbreaks, Chinese authorities attempted to enforce their zero-covid nonsense on Shanhgai, the most populous city in the world with a population of 26 million. The “experts” thought everyone in this metropolis could be contained and then supplied remotely, even after two years during which supply chains have already been slammed and people’s nerves are completely frayed.
The plan was a spectacular failure.
Public disorder broke out in Shanghai last night as the Chinese Communist regime’s draconian restrictions to eradicate coronavirus cases left residents running out of food – while cases continue to rise.
China’s largest city and financial centre has been under lockdown for 22 days, despite public health officials warnings that the Omicron Covid variant is so infectious that it cannot be wiped out by lockdowns.
Shanghai residents are only allowed to leave their homes once a day to collect food and infected Chinese children have been separated from their parents in a desperate attempt to stop the virus spreading.
A video yesterday also showed a ‘Covid protection warden’ beating a corgi dog to death with a shovel because its owner was infected with coronavirus.
Residents in #Shanghai screaming from high rise apartments after 7 straight days of the city lockdown. The narrator worries that there will be major problems. (in Shanghainese dialect—he predicts people can’t hold out much longer—he implies tragedy).pic.twitter.com/jsQt6IdQNh
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) April 10, 2022
However, there may be much more to these developments that the mainstream media (especially since China dumps billions into new entities to support its many narratives).
Videos about Shanghai are disappearing.
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
Chinese officials are using drones to warn Shanghai residents to ‘control the soul’s desire for freedom’.
The move comes as residents banned from leaving their homes have reportedly taken to singing ‘why are you starving us?’ from their balconies in protest at the lack of food and water.
A clip shared by a senior correspondent for the Economist, Alice Su, from Chinese social media site Weibo, appeared to show a drone in the sky telling residents to stop singing.
Su wrote: ‘Shanghai residents go to their balconies to sing and protest lack of supplies. A drone appears: ‘Please comply with Covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Do not open the window or sing.’
Feeding 26 million people via a mega-scale “Door-Dash” system is a lot easier on paper than it is in reality.
— Himalaya News Voices 🚨 (@himalayavoices) April 8, 2022
And while lockdown restrictions are easing, there is a real possibility shortages of food and medicine could arise again if “zero-covid” remains the goal.
Lockdown restrictions in China’s most populous city will soon be lifted in areas that go two weeks without reporting new cases of COVID-19, authorities confirmed Saturday.
Large swaths of Shanghai have been under lockdown since March 28, and nearly all of its 26 million residents are confined at home, leading to complaints about shortages of food and other basic necessities.
Another round of mass testing comes as Shanghai reported about 23,000 cases on Saturday, most of them asymptomatic.
The scale of this week’s protests is significant, even with the suppression of information from the media.
#Shanghai‘s Wuxi, massive size of high school students uprising to protest the province-wide mandatory draconian Covid control measure & refusal of schools closure. Many are chanting slogans. pic.twitter.com/onUrBhO2iy
— Northrop Gundam 💙🇺🇦💛 (@GundamNorthrop) April 7, 2022
— 🍅coolCookin🍅 (@CoolCookin) April 6, 2022
— Being (@tofoli) April 4, 2022
— marc friedrich (@marcfriedrich7) April 9, 2022
— 乔 (@Qiao101011) April 9, 2022
It’s also worthwhile noting the Chinese rely much more on fresh produce (hence, wet markets). They are not inclined to stockpile with processed or preserved foods.
The fact that many Westerners have a relatively unhealthy diet of processed, pre-prepared foods with an extremely long shelf-life actually serves them well here and makes the time-sensitive and precarious nature of the Chinese food supply situation a little counterintuitive.
— Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) April 9, 2022
7) for example, at 5:05 mark, subtitles suddenly stop and replaced with censorship warnings. But the Shanghainese audio isn’t censored—➡️the caller vents about he now understands why armed revolutions & government overthrow happens when citizen starving. 🇨🇳 censored that haha. pic.twitter.com/f88DaTnzca
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) April 9, 2022
One really has to wonder what exactly is going on in Shanghai. One analysis of available video shows People’s Liberation Army (PLA) members were sent to Shanghai and similar lockdowns are occurring through the country (including the capital of Beijing).
Starving people who feel they have nothing to lose can become very difficult to control. In fact, as discussed in the video above, someone wrote, “people in other countries are sending men to Mars, while we are tying to figure out how to avoid starving to death.”
In conclusion, the “gold medal” for covid response Xi boasted about is just as worthless as the Nobel Peace Prize Obama received. If this “zero-covid” approach remains Xi’s policies, it may be that he won’t be around long enough to receive more praise from foreign dignitaries which could end up being the most mild internal Chinese response to this true man-made catastrophe that occurs.DONATE
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