- Shanghai has been locked up for weeks due to a significant COVID-19 outbreak.
- Officials have taken over residential buildings to use them as quarantine sites.
- Videos shared on social media showed protesters clashing with police over the move.
Rare scenes of unrest emerged from Shanghai, China, after residents of a residential complex on Thursday clashed with police over COVID-19 measures.
Residents begged police to let them stay in their apartments, which were located in buildings that authorities chose to be used as COVID-19 quarantine sites. Financial Times reported.
Police, which ingesting personal protective equipment, could be seen pushing back and withhold protesters in videos that were quickly removed from Chinese social media.
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“This is Zhangjiang, Shanghai. Police stormed [residential] compound and dragged ordinary residents out, “a person can be heard saying in recordings obtained by The Associated Press and Reuters. You can also hear people shouting “I beg you!” and “Why do you keep the elderly down?”
Some protested that the quarantine sites were so close to their homes, worried about a potentially increased risk of exposure to the virus, Reuters reported.
“It’s not because I do not want to cooperate with the country, but how would you like it if you live in a building where the blocks are only 10 meters (30 feet) apart, everyone has tested negative and these people must come ind? ” said a woman as she filmed the protests, according to Reuters.
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The company, which owns the residential complex in Shanghai, confirmed to Reuters that officials had taken over five vacant buildings to be used as quarantine sites, and that a further nine would also be converted. The Zhangjiang group said 39 tenants were relocated to other areas of the property and offered payment.
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The unrest comes as Shanghai confronts a COVID-19 eruption that has prompted mass shutdowns in the city for weeks. The city of 25 million people occupied its highest ever daily number of COVID-19 cases Thursday with more than 27,000 cases.