They gathered their hundreds as night fell in Shanghai.
People who were angry and ordinary took their frustrations out on the streets.
We followed the crowds to a road barricaded when we arrived. The road was blocked by a row police officers standing shoulder-to-shoulder.
They prevented people from gathering at Wulumuqi Road (the site of yesterday’s demonstration).
However, regardless of where they could gather, people still came.
They initially stood in silence, but words can be deadly here.
They were unable to keep their hands off of them, so instead they waved white handkerchiefs and held blank pieces of paper.
Their presence spoke volumes. Everyone was taking a great risk.
They felt a part of something important and historic. Some were happy, some were mad.
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We met some young friends who were passionate about the event amongst the crowd.
One of them said, “We hope more people will stand strong and firmly. That is our goal.”
“Because they told the truth, they weren’t happy and they detained some people. They must be freed from these people. But they don’t do anything. People are not treated as individuals.
As with all those who spoke to the media, people spontaneously applauded her speech.
She was surrounded by people singing “free the people” and they spread quickly.
Another woman began to tell us that her overwhelming feeling was sadness, rather than anger. Then she was abruptly cut off.
The police charged into the crowd and moved quickly, decisively, pushing back people, and arresting anyone in their path.
Everybody who could ran.
Gradually they began pushing people further and further. We saw at least one person being wrestled to the ground, and then arrested. But the crowd didn’t disperse.
It is possible that authorities will respond with a stern response. They have much to worry about.
These protests have now erupted in multiple cities – shouts “no PCR test” sometimes accompanied by bolder calls such as “down with Chinese Communist Party”.
These chants are truly rare, and they may not be common elsewhere.
It’s hard to describe how amazing this is.
The CCP and the entire world will be paying attention.