Shanghai police evict residents to set up quarantine center

On the pictureswe see police in protective suits against Covid-19 assaulting civilians to evacuate them from their building, while other residents are kneeling on the ground in protest.

Several videos, broadcast this Thursday, April 14 on Chinese social networks, in particular Weibo, have circulated and report on a police operation in Shanghai aimed at evicting certain residents to set up quarantine facilities, and to receive people with Covid. -19.

Friday, April 15 in the morning, the censors had done what was necessary to clean the Chinese internet of these videos, which nevertheless remain visible on platforms prohibited in China such as Twitter and Facebook.

Peak and peak and expulsion

Shanghai is currently experiencing a peak in contaminations since the start of the pandemic that began in Wuhan at the end of 2019, with more than 20,000 new contaminations per day.

While Beijing has embarked on a “zero Covid” policy, the 25 million inhabitants of China’s main financial center, under strict confinement which began at the end of March, are beginning to suffer the effects of shortages. food. On top of that, criticism has begun to erupt at local authorities, who forcibly intern some residents who test positive for Covid-19 to often overcrowded and unsanitary central quarantine facilities, and are now seeking to commandeer apartments for install new beds for patients with Covid-19.

Thirty-nine households were thus ordered to leave their housing complex in the new district of Pudong, “in order to meet the needs of epidemic prevention and control”, said Zhangjiang Group, developer of the state-owned building complex targeted by the police operation. He claims to have compensated the tenants and to have relocated to other apartments belonging to the same complex.

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“This is madness, a local resident told the Guardian. We never thought this could have happened in Shanghai. Are we no longer China’s window to the world? Aren’t Shanghai bureaucrats ashamed of what has happened in our city in recent weeks?”

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