WATCH: Chinese anti-COVID lockdown protest betrays frustration at strict measures

A video reportedly taken from Guangzhou in China shows protesters breaking through barriers as they protest against the nations strict COVID-19 lockdown policy.

In a video posted by Disclose.tv, hundreds of people march down the street, kicking barriers and chanting. At some point, people turn and run the other way, kicking down the barriers that are still standing.

China maintains a strict policy called zero-COVID, in which it would shut down entire cities with only a few detected cases of COVID-19 to identify and isolate infected individuals. The treatment of those individuals borders on inhumane.

Officials ordered the arrest of nine lockdown enforcers in Shandong province who beat a resident, who refused to comply with orders, after a video captured the incident and went viral online.

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Local police said they had arrested the workers for using “excessive force”.

“The Public Security Service will take strict action against illegal and criminal acts that infringe on the personal safety of citizens and other legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law, and make every effort to maintain social harmony and stability,” it said. police in a statement. pronunciation.

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Last week, officials reaffirmed their commitment to the policy, saying prevention measures should not be relaxed.

Lockdown enforcers in China were arrested after being seen beating civilians.

Lockdown enforcers in China were arrested after being seen beating civilians.
(viral press)

The lockdowns left millions of residents unduly restricted while the government carried out its tests: In September of this year alone, 65 million citizens remained under lockdown in more than 30 cities across China.

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Officials pledged to “use all available resources, mobilize all troops and take all possible measures” to contain the outbreaks.

Residents queue for COVID-19 screening in Chengdu in southwestern China's Sichuan province, Aug. 30, 2022, after a spike in cases.

Residents queue for COVID-19 screening in Chengdu in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Aug. 30, 2022, after a spike in cases.
(Chinatopix Via AP)

But residents are beginning to resist the restrictions. Videos and images of the protest in Guangzhou flooded Chinese social media, according to a resident.

“It was pretty tense in there last night. Everyone made sure their doors were locked,” a resident named Chet told Reuters.

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“When it happened so close to me, I found it really shocking,” he added. “I couldn’t sleep last night after seeing those images.”

China reported 17,772 new COVID-19 infections on November 14, an increase of nearly 2,000 cases from the previous day.

Fox News’ Julia Musto and Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.

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