Protests against corona measures in a big city in southern China
China continues to adhere to its strict zero-Covid policy. Migrant workers in Guangzhou in the south of the country do not want to accept the associated restrictions. you protest.
During violent protests against the strict corona measures in the southern Chinese metropolis Guangzhou disgruntled migrant workers have torn down numerous barricades. The incidents took place in Haizhu District, which is home to one of China’s largest cloth markets. Videos on social media showed hundreds of angry people toppling red barricades around houses and bars on Monday evening.
background of riots According to a report by the business magazine “Caixin”, this was apparently annoyed by textile workers who returned from quarantine but were not allowed into their rented apartments due to the large Covid 19 outbreak in the city of 19 million. Guangzhou counted more than 5,000 new infections on Monday, while more than 17,000 cases were reported nationwide – the highest number in half a year.
Eyewitness: Sentry destroyed
“After a while, people gathered, violently hit the corrugated metal fences and destroyed the sentry post,” Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post” an eyewitness named Marissa. Some residents expressed their support for the demonstrators from the houses. However, the police brought the situation under control after a short time.
The newspaper reported that there were also incidents in other places in the district. The textile industry in Haizhu employs hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from other provinces. In Guangzhou, the authorities have been trying for weeks to bring the outbreak under control with curfews in neighborhoods and mass tests.
As the rest of the world tries to live with the virus, China continues to pursue a strict zero-Covid strategy of lockdowns, mass testing every day, strict control, contact tracing and forced quarantine. Nevertheless, the number of new infections has increased sharply again in recent weeks, while the easily contagious omicron variants are spreading quickly. The people’s displeasure with the ongoing strict measures is also growing.