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(en) ait russia: China: Riot Against Wuhan Travel Restrictions [machine translation]

Date Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:04:12 +0300


A mass protest march occurred yesterday in the Chinese province of Hubei. Thousands of angry residents broke through the bridge on the Yangtze River, connecting the capital of Wuhan with the neighboring province of Jiangxi, and fought with the police. Wuhan City has been quarantined for weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic. The authorities have now announced the lifting of the blockade, but protesters are outraged by the way the government treated them during the crisis. They turned over police cars and swept away the established control barriers. ---- Additional reinforcements of the police were pulled up to the place, but this only made the fights even more fierce. ---- According to a Twitter account "Things China Doesn't Want You to Know," the riot was rumored to be preceded by a skirmish between police officers from Hubei and Jiangxi. The former were unhappy that the neighbors repeatedly intervened in their jurisdiction. Obviously, some Hubei police joined the demonstrators on their way to Jiangxi, did not stop them from wrecking police cars and even pushed the police special forces with their shields.

According to rumors from a Chinese dissident, Badiucao, a battle broke out because Jiangxi police refused to obey orders to open the border with Hubei after quarantine was officially lifted on March 25th. The dissident believes that one of the reasons could be that even the police do not believe in official information about the end of the epidemic in Hubei.

Radio Free Asia (SAR) reported that the demonstration remained crowded and powerful even after 8 hours of clashes. Jiangxi police at a checkpoint on the bridge let a group of migrant workers pass, but did not let Hubei residents go. After fierce disputes, Jiangxi police called a special forces police to block access to Jiujiang. In the video posted on Youtube, you can see how thousands of people are walking along the road to the bridge shoulder to shoulder with the Hubei police, chanting "Go Hubei!"

One resident told PCA that residents of the province feel discriminated against and unwanted in other parts of China. They are even threatened with reprisal when trying to enter there (...)

According to the Canadian newspaper Glob & Mail, an official from the Chinese Communist Party spoke to the crowd through a loudspeaker, stating that gathering on the bridge was "dangerous" because of the "risk of getting the virus." But his warnings did not find a response.

People's Daily newspaper "People's Daily" reported a collision on the bridge only after the video spread on social networks. She described the incident as "regrettable."

"The people of Hubei made great efforts and made a significant contribution to the victory over the epidemic. People from all walks of life are therefore encouraged to accept migrant workers from Hubei. It is undeniable, however, that some people from some regions intentionally or unintentionally discriminated against people from Hubei and obstructed them in returning to work, "the People's Daily noted. (...)

Source: https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2020/03/27/massive-protest-breaks-out-in-chinas-hubei-province-ground-zero-for-the-coronavirus/

Video: https: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xYmDyz47fE&fbclid=IwAR2Lah6r6JB6xLqMV8Q-6lNVcNiMdFhC1kuEgvAkFdeJbKmHw3qhc82XAqg
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