From almost the very beginning of the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis in January and early February, it’s often been asked whether it might be the “Chinese Chernobyl.” Could the crisis expose the weakness of the mix of oppression, information control, and social disgust that underpin the Chinese Communist regime and trigger its collapse? Others have suggested that it might instead be “president Xi Jinping’s Tiananmen,” meaning he will use all the tools at his disposal to tighten down and prevent, well . . . a Chinese Chernobyl.
It is too soon to know what may happen. But it’s not too soon for attempts to whitewash the timeline and Chinese-government actions in the earliest moments of the crisis. Indeed, even now, the level of public anxiety about both the virus and what the Chinese government is doing and saying about it remain high.
Police in China’s Henan province posted a video on social media showing a simulation of how they will deal with drivers who ignore virus checkpoints.
女孩未戴口罩,被铁链绑住游街pic.twitter.com/wld0QoxOZ3— Xi jinpeng (@wakeupfrog01) February 13, 2020
抓到不戴口罩的村民，绑起来戴胸罩示众，雄辩地证明罩国还是中世纪。 pic.twitter.com/HA39d99pPK— 方舟子 (@fangshimin) February 16, 2020
tying people going out with masks to trees and columns as a public example… https://t.co/JIpN0QxaCd— Bill Bishop (@niubi) February 17, 2020
#China The end of ppl who don't wear a mask–be tied up to show the crowd, public shaming😧😥#coronaviruschina #COVIDー19 #COVID #CoronavirusOutbreak— CoronaVirusIntel (@CoronaVirusInt) February 16, 2020
Is this acceptable for you? pic.twitter.com/fWlagfbz4R
罩国各地都在抓捕没戴口罩的人，合集。 pic.twitter.com/WatEgMrLNd— 方舟子 (@fangshimin) February 16, 2020
Arrested for not wearing a mask china is out of masks pic.twitter.com/5fqQwhzXHz— GARRYinCHINA (@garryINchina) January 30, 2020
In Xiaogan ,Hubei , young men forced to kneel on the street because they should not go out, one of the many scenes in #China during #CoronavirusOutbreak #COVID19 湖北孝感，出门乱跑当街罚跪。#武汉肺炎 #新冠肺炎 #新冠病毒 pic.twitter.com/FfFzOVp4Cm— 曾錚 Jennifer Zeng (@jenniferatntd) February 13, 2020
Chinese authorities have been tying up citizens who go out in public without a mask, parading them through the streets and forcing them to hold up signs apologizing for their mistakes.
As the Chinese government ramps up its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, videos posted to social media show how local police forces are implementing the directives from Beijing.
The videos, which have been shared widely on Chinese platforms like WeChat and Weibo, as well as western platforms like Twitter, show how authorities are taking a very strict stance against anyone who goes out in public without wearing a mask.
The 51-year-old shopper, identified only as Qiu, was hauled down the aisle of Space supermarket in Shenzen, in south China’s Guangdong province after local government declared a mask order.
A woman was dragged out of a Chinese supermarket and pinned to the ground after allegedly refusing to wear a face mask while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.
Mobile phone footage from Wednesday shows the shopper, identified only by her surname Qiu, resisting two uniformed officers as they haul her down the aisle of Space supermarket in Shenzen, in south China’s Guangdong province.
The local government, responsible for some 113million inhabitants, announced a province-wide mask order effective on January 26, making it a punishable offence to be in a public space without a surgical mask.
When the community must come out & support each other amidst #WuhanCoronavirusOutbreak , the Chinese are locking down those, who happen to have visited Wuhan/Hubei. Locking someone down, leaving them to starve & die is cold blooded murder. Period.#coronarvirus #CoronaVirus pic.twitter.com/Z3IdbJwHCj— Tarun ཡེཨར་ཨོཕ༹་མོནཀ (@YearOfMonk) January 31, 2020
Police in China have been accused of barricading infected people inside their homes in a desperate bid to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Shocking footage from inside the disease-hit country appears to show a group of men nailing wooden planks over a door as people from the inside shout.
A farm in Shaoyang city in the southern province of Hunan reported the outbreak yesterday. Chinese authorities have already culled 17,828 birds in the wake of the disease.
- Farm in Shaoyang city in the southern province of Hunan reported the outbreak
- Chinese authorities have already culled 17,828 birds in wake of the disease
- The area has now been sealed off and sterilised to try and prevent transmission