Guangzhou, home to nearly 19 million people, has been the centre of Covid outbreaks in China, with the number of cases surging in recent days. Daily infections of Covid-19 in the city have topped 5,000 for the first time
The area is home to many poorer itinerant labourers. They have complained of not being paid if they are unable to turn up for work, and of food shortages and skyrocketing prices while living under Covid control measures.
For several nights, they'd been tussling with the white-clad Covid prevention enforcement officials, and then overnight on Monday the anger suddenly exploded onto the streets of Guangzhou with a mass act of defiance.
Some videos purportedly from China:
At one point, workers who broke out of a #Covid lockdown in #Guangzhou turned over a police vehicle. Riot teams have been sent in. Itinerant labourers staying in Haizhu District say they’ve lost pay because they can’t get to work + food shortages and skyrocketing lockdown prices pic.twitter.com/NaVOp6CQLi— Stephen McDonell (@StephenMcDonell) November 15, 2022
(Described by a locked account as showing Foxconn disposing of the personal effects of employees that fled quarantine)
这场面简直太可怕了😱。 pic.twitter.com/UzDe9pbkQe— .张海. (@ZGIXqsvwJCWP30r) November 10, 2022
CHINA, Deep Mountain Covid test site— Songpinganq (@songpinganq) November 4, 2022
Chinese villagers were fleeing in panic , because someone scanned the QR code and it came back red on his/her smartphone, which indicated he or she might be positive.
Those who didn't escape in time will be sent off to quarantine camps. https://t.co/sFQMbS4YpS pic.twitter.com/151l8FVYAW