This is The American Asian and I’m your host: Sau Fong O’Fallon.
Many of you may have heard about what happened in mainland China back in November, where the citizens finally stood up all across China, demanding an end to the draconian lockdowns.
These lockdowns happened across many metropolitan cities in China, where the government wanted to reach zero cases of the virus – you know, the one that was made known to most of the world at the start of 2020. For this show, we will refer to it as ‘the bug’ to keep it simple.
This brutal lockdown policy imposed on China’s citizens over the years entailed shutting down entire metropolitan areas, locking people in their homes (some even had their doors welded shut), which often resulted the China citizens to be without basic necessities and therefore caused massive:
- death due to the lack of access to medicine
- death by denial of medical care at hospitals
Over the couple of years, China would require citizens to scan their ‘QR code’ via China’s WeChat app on their cell phones when entering public places.
This QR code (digital passport) app has been nicknamed the Killer App. It is because the code must show up with color code green – indicating that the person may not have ‘the bug.’ However, if the code is yellow or red, an alarm would go off, and those citizens may not have access to transportation, food, and even a residential complex.
Having the ‘red’ code required isolation for 14 days. China’s ‘quarantine camps’ were built by the hundreds-of-thousands over two years, where food was delivered to you through a small window by workers in hazmat suits, who many called “Big Whites.” Many times, infants and toddlers have been separated from their parents after testing positive. Those quarantine camp ‘inmates’ would have to pay for their own isolation — covering the costs for accommodation, food, test fees, etc., and they would have to take their own trash home when released.
But there was a very disturbing problem with the QR code passport system: the Chinese government could easily cut you off from society by remotely switching your health passport code to yellow or red! There had been reports of this switch happening to groups of people, and then they cannot access public transportation to get home or to get to work.
Then, in late November 2022, Civil unrest sprung up in China in response to the government’s strict lockdown procedures to stamp out ‘the bug.’ Massive protests across China happened, which were triggered by an apartment fire in Urumqi, China, which resulted in at least 10 people killed (and some reports claim about 44 deaths). China’s draconian lockdown procedures were blamed, as it prevented emergency responders from entering the building sooner. Urumqi had been under lockdown for 100 days. In China, public dissent is definitely not welcomed.
Yet these large-scale unrest and protests broke out in several major cities including, but not limited to: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan. People cried out for freedom – no more lockdowns — and they cried out for the CCP to come to an end!
No doubt that Apple limiting the AirDrop feature in China, at the behest of the government, upon the protests may have lent to more frustration for the protestors, as the citizens were no longer able to get around China’s strict online censorship to communicate.
This ‘righteous rebellion,’ known as the A4 Revolution or Blank Paper Revolution, took place over the ‘same issue’ at the ‘same time’ all across China. This extraordinary uprise most likely caused China to ease up on the Zero policy, despite state media shying away from covering protesters’ demands.
With their economy adversely impacted due to the harsh lockdowns, the citizens’ roar had to be seen and heard.
So, if the power of China’s citizens were so effective in a place such as China, we must understand the power that we American citizens have in defending our own liberties!
I urge all of you to take notice… and take action, should you see your liberties being encroached upon ever again.
We at Asians For Liberty are encouraged to journeying together with you to protect our freedoms, as tyranny will always be looking for opportunities to overpower a distracted society.
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I’m Sau Fong O’Fallon, and I’ll see you next time at The American Asian. Have a wonderful New Year!
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