It has been nearly three years since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CCP’s “zero-COVID” pandemic prevention policy has created at least 120 propaganda slogans to appease and comfort the people. However, some propaganda slogans confused and upset many people. Some people even refer to those words as “mythical.”
According to the New York Times, the Chinese regime has come up with many “battle slogans” for the “zero-COVID” policy to win the support of the Chinese people. These slogans include “Win the battle of defending Shanghai!”, “History will remember all those who stood up to defend this city!”, and “Stamp out every detected case!”
The article stated, “The CCP mainly relies on propaganda to justify its increasingly prolonged lockdowns and repeated requests for PCR testing.” On the internet, TV, radio, and social platforms, the flood of propaganda has frustrated many people because it dilutes the real pandemic situation in China.
For example, on the eighth day of a lockdown of Shanghai this year, at Jason Xue’s house in Shanghai, they ran out of food reserves. When he clicked on the government’s social media account, a senior city official soon swore that “absolute effort” was needed to solve the food shortage problem.
“I am extremely angry, panicking and desperate,” said Xue, who works for Shanghai Financial Communications Company. During Shanghai’s lockdown, he once had no food. “Officials swore to do their best to solve the food shortage problem, but political propaganda and the actual situation were very different. We didn’t even know if we’d eat another meal.” He ended up waiting a month before receiving a government subsidy, during which time he could only ask his neighbors for help.
Kong Lingwanyu, a marketing intern in Shanghai, is not satisfied with the CCP’s use of the word “nonessential” to restrict people from leaving their homes, eating out, or gathering with others. She said that she asked officials what’s the criteria for deciding what’s nonessential. She asked, “Why should you define ‘nonessential’?” She said, “It’s ridiculous, it’s ridiculous.”
Yang Xiao, a photographer from Shanghai, has been in lockdown at home for 2 months. He is tired of the CCP’s propaganda. He said, “These propaganda languages represent the expansion of public power infiltrating and controlling every aspect of our lives, and I was overwhelmed.” He doesn’t know what else to do, and thinks that people’s lives are completely dominated by the CCP’s propaganda language and public power.
To express his displeasure, Yang selected 600 commonly used Chinese propaganda phrases, such as “core consciousness,” “subordination to the big picture,” and “nation above all.” He assigns each phrase a code, then feeds the numbers into Google’s random generator. His uses this to satirize the CCP. He attracted the attention of 1.3 million people, and many netizens praised him mocking the government.
The New York Times reported that since the COVID-19 outbreak in China until now, the CCP has created at least 120 propaganda slogans related to the new virus strain. For example, replace the word “lockdown” with “static management,” “quiet,” or “work from home.”
Xiao Qiang, a founder of a website in California that records the CCP’s censorship regime, believes that the CCP is using political rhetoric to fabricate pandemic policy in order to mislead the public and reduce negative feedback. Currently, the regime avoids using words like “lockdown”, which is trying to get the public to continue to adhere to strict pandemic measures without resisting.
In June, dozens of mainland Chinese residents protested against the installation of barbed wire fences by police and pandemic staff around the community. When a protester was pushed into a police car and taken away, he shouted, “Freedom! Equality! Justice! Rule of law!”