Since the CCP announced the date of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, pandemic outbreaks have occurred in many Chinese cities, causing lockdown after lockdown. Among them, Chengdu, which received the most attention, originally planned to end the lockdown and control measures under the “stay at home principle” on August 4. However, the same day authorities said, “Chengdu’s pandemic prevention and control is at a critical stage” and announced that the lockdown and control will be extended for another 3 days, and nucleic acid testing would be conducted for the entire city.

On August 5, the Chengdu government reported that 90 new locally confirmed COVID cases and 50 new asymptomatic cases were confirmed.

On August 29, a netizen named “Tropical rain forest” said in a group chat that the Sichuan provincial government was about to take the “static management” measure on Chengdu, and Chengdu officials would implement the “5 + 2” lockdown and control plan.

After the news circulated on the internet, it caused a wave of panic in Chengdu. After that, the person who has “Tropical rain forest” was detained by the police for 15 days and fined 1,000 yuan ($146) for spreading rumors.

And then on September 1, the Chengdu city government officially declared the “city lockdown.”

This government’s action has aroused many criticisms from netizens, demanding that if “Tropical rain forest”’s rumor was not false, that person should be released. 

Some viewers believe that Chengdu’s lockdown and control is not due to the pandemic, but authorities pre-established plans. Because of the lockdown and control, the pandemic appeared, not the other way around, the pandemic leading to the lockdown and control. Moreover, so many cases are asymptomatic, how to verify who is infected and who is not?

Luo Kaiwen, an 84-year-old from Chengdu told the Sound of Hope newspaper, “I’ve always been against this kind of tortured nucleic acid test, it’s disgusting! The people were very opposed but no one dared to speak. The people were afraid of being persecuted, but I am not. I am a living fossil of the Chinese right-wing student faction.” He went on to say that the CCP has made people afraid to speak up for their rights, afraid of being arrested or persecuted.

According to Caixin, at least 33 cities in China have implemented partial or complete lockdowns, affecting more than 65 million people.

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