Fresh Clashes in Guangzhou as China Threatens to ‘Crack Down’ Anti-Communist Rebellion

Police in white hazmat suits clashed with anti-blockade protesters in the Chinese city of Guangzhou on Tuesday and Wednesday, providing evidence that the uprising is continuing despite growing threats of a brutal crackdown.

Chinese security officials actually used the word “repression” on Tuesday, teasing a Tiananmen Square-style end to the biggest protest movement to sweep China since the 1989 student uprising — which could well have toppled the communist regime if he had not fled mass murder against the protesters and then pressure the civilized world to accept it.

The uprising is still fierce enough to push a flood of news and images past China’s censorship firewalls to the outside world, broadcasting photos and videos from thousands of smartphones, so the battle that began in Guangzhou on Tuesday night was verified and was reported by outlets like the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP):

Security personnel in hazmat suits formed side by side, hidden under transparent riot shields, to descend on a street in the southern city’s Haizhu district as glass shattered around them, videos posted on social media showed.

In the video, people could be heard screaming and shouting, as orange and blue barricades were shown strewn on the ground.

People are seen throwing objects at the police and later nearly a dozen men are filmed being dragged away with their hands tied with cable bundles.

The Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission in Beijing, China’s top security and law enforcement authority, used ominous language in a statement on Tuesday that dismissed anti-lockdown protests as the work of “hostile forces” and threatened to “crack down on illegal criminal acts that disrupt social order”.

“We are not foreign powers, we are Chinese citizens. China must have different voices,” shouted one protester in response at a rally in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Massive deployments of security forces have apparently quelled protests in the capital Beijing and Shanghai, an international financial hub subject to extremely exhausting coronavirus lockdown last spring.

Mass protests erupted over the weekend along a Shanghai street named after Urumqi, the capital of the heavily oppressed East Turkistan Uyghur region and the scene of a deadly apartment fire on Thursday. Another unknown number of families were was killed in the fire because coronavirus containment protocols trapped them inside the building and prevented firefighters from extinguishing the fire.

Protests continued in other Chinese cities despite mass arrests and threats of retaliation against protesters, so the communist regime apparently thinks relaxing The deranged ‘zero Covid’ policies are enough to assuage public anger.

Chinese health officials told reporters on Tuesday that they may “coordinate and modify” their policies to mitigate the “negative impact on life and people’s lives,” which is the closest a Chinese Communist official has come to admitting that lockdowns could be deeply harmful.

Reuters on Wednesday he spoke to young Chinese who are still angry about the deaths in Urumqi and others who have been killed in past coronavirus lockdowns. These students and young professionals were both excited and terrified at the prospect of rising up against their communist masters and demanding greater political freedoms. Some saw parallels between the current moment and the Tiananmen Square uprising – an event the Chinese Communist Party has ordered them to forget.

“It’s the first time in my life that I’ve done something like this. In my heart, I have muttered such things thousands of times, but to hear these slogans suddenly shouted by so many real people was exciting and shocking to me,” said a young woman in Shanghai, requesting a pseudonym for her safety.

“In an irrational reality, being reasonable and using reasonable words is not enough at all,” he told online friends reluctant to join the protest movement, though he appreciated the need to “lay low” and avoid pervasive electronics of the Communist Party. surveillance network.

“The worst thing is that you’ll get locked up right? But it’s better than facing the reality day after day and then not being able to do anything and then feeling sorry for yourself,” another female protester said defiantly.

Washington Post Journalist Cate Cadell on Tuesday offered some chilling observations about how inclusive China’s security state has become, demonstrating how difficult it will be for even the most tech-savvy youth to “lay low” after even tangential contact with the protest. movement:

As Cadell has meticulously documented, none of the techniques that outsiders assume might be effective will save protesters from the “repression” threatened by communist officials – not masks, safety in numbers or online anonymity, or even wall avoidance protection for use of foreign social media platforms.

There is little relish in the youthful exuberance of students, the official complaint system is simply used to target disgruntled subjects for even more surveillance, and as protesters learned last week, Chinese police I will they arrest people for holding signs that say nothing at all.

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