Near midnight on November 29, large-scale public protests broke out again in Houjiao village, Haizhu district, Guangzhou city, Guangdong province. Protesters threw glass bottles at police officers holding shields, and police fired tear gas into the crowd; many people were arrested.
On November 30, Luo, a resident of Haizhu district, said that [first recording] the protest was triggered by illegal activity by the local village committee when they interfered with a factory in Houjiao Village when they had no right to do so.
According to the New York Times, the people of Houjiao Village who participated in the protest said: “The lockdown has lasted for over a month, and some people don’t even have normal noodles to eat. They can only eat instant noodles day after day.” After the fire in Xinjiang, many villagers were still forcibly locked in their homes and only allowed to go out to take a nucleic acid test.
According to the Sound of Hope, on November 29, the local neighborhood committee announced that the villagers could not leave the Houjiao area. The village will arrange for those who need to pick up goods, and each package will be charged more than $14 (100 yuan), but people are not willing to pay. In the context of the pandemic, this is not a small expense for them.
Citizens said that the situation forced the protest.
The CCP’s three-year “zero-COVID” policy has failed to stop infections, severely damaged the economy, and caused countless humanitarian disasters. A few days ago, a fire broke out in Urumqi, Xinjiang. Residents were locked in, causing heavy casualties. The authorities concealed the truth and pushed the responsibility onto the victims. That provoked people’s long-repressed anger leading them to begin to protest bravely. Chinese people worldwide have also started a “white paper revolution.” However, under the strong suppression of the CCP, can people struggling for survival regain their rights through protests?
Luo says, “If we continue to arrest people like this, it will probably get more trouble. I can only say that now the future is fundamentally unclear. Either it continues to be dark, or there can be bright hope. Let’s see how the situation will go from today to tomorrow.”