Distributive policy

Criticizing Shanghai’s lockdown policy leads to police harassment

The Chinese Communist Party’s strict zero COVID policy for China has caused many disasters for its people. Amid mounting public criticism, the regime has adopted tactics to deal with any opposition, which has resulted in further human rights abuses by the CCP on top of its disastrous pandemic policies.

Recently, at least three citizens were arrested and harassed by their local authorities for expressing their personal experience of Shanghai’s pandemic policies online.

“Judicial Authentication”

Ji Xiaolong, a Shanghai resident, received a police notice on June 10 that his online posting was under “forensic authentication.”

As a staunch civil rights activist, Ji has been regularly visited by his local police in recent years due to his interviews with foreign press, such as Radio Free Asia, NTD, Radio France Internationale and the Central Press Agency of Taiwan.

“The police locked all my messages to get evidence to bring charges against me,” Ji told the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times on June 10.

Ji said that half a dozen police officers came to his home on June 4 to escort him to the police station for questioning.

On June 5, he described in an article how he was treated at the police station: “In a dark room, the officer (badge number 058794) threatened me with a gun and handcuffed me until at 8 o’clock in the morning.

Seek the end of confinements

On April 2, Ji posted a petition on Chinese social media Weibo and WeChat, as well as on Twitter, calling for “an end to the policy of fighting the pandemic, the distribution of aid and the resignation of officials who had failed to remedy the situation”. the disasters that are unfolding.

An IT professional by trade, Ji has long aspired to speak out against human rights abuses in China. He was just released on February 9 from a three-year, six-month prison sentence for the crime of “causing quarrels and stirring up trouble” – a typical charge used by the party state apparatus. unique against militants in China.

He was imprisoned for his “public toilet revolution” – handwritten slogans such as “Down with the Chinese Communist Party” and “Give power back to the people” on toilet doors in hospitals and colleges.

When asked what motivates him to risk his life to speak to the regime, Ji replied, “In my eyes, I only see people from Shanghai. At first, I heard people crying, complaining. But now… in every community in Shanghai, behind every door and window, many of them are on the verge of death.

Expression on social media Priority for the police

A social media post by Shanghai resident Song Jiahong about the ruling party’s pandemic policies has made him a target for police, including law enforcement in an urban district more than 40 km away.

In his post, Song questioned the motivation behind the regime’s mass PCR testing. “Is it science or is it for officials to save face?” He asked.

He said two police officers from Huangpu District, more than 40 kilometers away, went to his home in suburban Songjiang District on June 9.

Song rejected the police’s request to question him, saying he was not under the jurisdiction of Huangpu District.

Police demanded to check his cell phone and asked if he had any interactions with the press.

Residents confront a representative about the opening of their resort in Shanghai’s Jing’an district on May 25, 2022. (AP Photo)

He said the same police station repeatedly dispatched officers to his home, but denied their requests each time.

“What’s even weirder is that my local police station didn’t know anything about it,” Song said.

Forced psychiatric detention

Ding Yan, born in the 1980s, owns a barbecue restaurant in Nanjing City.

In the early morning of May 11, she posted an open letter to Communist Party leader Xi Jinping on social media. That evening, the police sent her to a local mental hospital.

She has been missing since that day, although hospital records indicate she was discharged on June 1.

This is the 12th time that Ding has been detained by authorities in a mental institution.

Previously, Ding spoke about Wuhan’s mass lockdown. She blamed Xi for the cruel lockdown policy. She also slammed Tencent founder Pony Ma for blocking WeChat accounts to help with regime censorship.

Mr. Zhang, a resident of Shanghai, expressed his sadness for Ding’s situation.

“She had false hope in the regime,” he said of his letter. “But the diet is about attacking the person raising the issue, rather than the issue itself.”

Li Xi contributed to this report.

Mary Hong

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Mary Hong has been a contributor to The Epoch Times since 2020. She has reported on human rights issues and Chinese politics.