The U.S. has been engaged in constant destabilizations of what they perceive as non-compliant, independent, sovereign or rival and competitive nations, regions and major countries using what they detect as possible popular issues and with timely triggering events that they can use as a fuse to spread staged protests into sensational and viral Western mainstream and social media wildfires.
The latest of such an event is the supposed spreading anti-Covid 19 lockdown protests in some cities of China splashed all over the frontpages of Western mainstream media and made viral over social media, the original incident that started driving the protest was a high-rise building fire in the Western city of Urumqi that killed 10 and lockdown rules supposedly delayed responses that led to the deaths.
One report from the British paper The Guardian interspersed news of the fire with debunked prejudicial and biased allegations, “Rights groups and western governments have long accused Beijing of abuses against the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, including forced labor in internment camps” both irrelevant and already trashed by UNCHR chief Michel Bachelet’s tour of Xinjiang.
The Guardian report added, “Authorities have said the building’s residents had been able to go downstairs, but videos of emergency crews’ efforts, shared on Chinese social media, led many internet users to surmise that residents could not escape in time because the building was partially locked down.” The term “surmised” is gives away the deceit, the maliciousness inserted into the story.
China’s “Zero Covid” policy had been a bright and shining example of the State’s successful caring of its nation’s health and welfare, having succeeded in limiting Covid deaths in the entire two and a half years past to 5,233 and 1,485,399 infections (John Hopkins University data, 2022). The negative economic impact has slowly been reversed with 3.9% growth and moving on strong. Economic growth can always be recovered but lost lives are gone forever.
China’s successful policy to contain Covid-19 damage is ironically being made to become a negative factor when an otherwise uncontained and uncontrolled epidemic within the 1.4-billion strong population would have unpredictable deleterious consequences. The U.S. Covid death topped 1.1 million and the US CDC has announced it will stop issuing daily updates of Covid deaths and new cases.
The anti-Zero Covid protests in some cities are being made to appear like wildfire spreading, but CNN reports “By Sunday evening, mass demonstrations had spread to Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Wuhan, where thousands of residents called for not only an end to Covid restrictions, but more remarkably, political freedoms” with Hong Kong (a few dozens) Shanghai and the original Urumqi event.
The addition of the alleged clamor for “political freedoms” the Western media bases on one or two placards and one or two loud participants showing off and screaming slogans which we knows are easily and usually staged for the media cameras and social media posts. An examination of Chinese and Philippine social media can also help see some true popular reactions.
A video post on FB from Guangzhou showed local Guangzhou citizens shouting back at protestors who were apparently not locals or from outside Guangzhou, another explained that many of the protestors are paid. A Filipino FB netizen posted the arrest of a BBC reporter alleged to be stoking the protestors just like what had been often seen in the Hong Kong “Democracy Movement” protests.
This article was prompted Manila Times’ November 29, 2022 column of Yen Makabenta’s “Angry protests call for China’s Xi to step down,” but two paragraphs down from the start Makabenta says, “For the moment, the angry protests in China are not aiming yet at regime change. They seek rather to overthrow the unpopular zero-Covid policy of President Xi Jinping.”
The dis-information is obvious from the title to the second paragraph, and we are giving it attention not because it can be taken seriously for such disinformation issues are just like an unnoticed fly on the fur of the Panda, but we give it attention to educate our own public where some are still easily waylaid by such sinister propaganda schemes.
This anti-China disinformation is no different from that in Iran recently. News of the death of 22-year old Iranian woman Masha Amini allegedly due to beatings by the “morality” police spread in the Western and social media. A video showing the woman collapsing on her own at the police station and an autopsy proved she died of a heart attack. The Iran was protests as in the past are regularly stoked by professional agitators pouncing on a public sentiment and triggering public outrage with preposterous stories of cruelties of the authorities that are totally fabricated. The protests we followed by media claim that Iranian authorities would execute 15,000 protesters – which was a total fabrication, of course.