The lockdowns due to the pandemic in many parts of China have caused a stir in public opinion. Recently, a popular female internet singer in Tibet recorded a video, telling about the tragic plight of the people who are struggling to survive under the draconian restrictions in Lhasa.
She said that her name is Yixi Qucuo, and this time she wants to use her internet fame to draw people’s attention to the pandemic in Tibet. Since the pandemic broke out in Tibet on August 8, people have remained under severe restrictions.
She said, “The numbers that press conferences give out every day are very different from the real numbers. Supplies in field hospitals are not secure and many children with fever have no medicine. Internal volunteers are the only ones helping.”
She pointed out that many places in Lhasa have become field hospitals used to quarantine the population. They are kept in unfinished buildings, schools, hotels, and museums. But this information is not shared during the daily press conferences.
The actual situation in Lhasa and all ask-for-help messages posted on social media, all deleted. It was through private messages with her fans and TikTok that she was able to share the situation in Tibet.
She pointed out, “The pandemic in Tibet has not been effectively controlled, and the number of newly announced cases is completely inconsistent with the actual number. I hope that my voice will let more people understand the current situation in Tibet.”
However, Yixi did not explain the situation in detail in the video. On October 27, Twitter account SakarTashi posted a video saying that the Lhasa, Tibet area has been locked down for over 70 days.
On October 30, Xiaoqiang, who runs a motorcycle club in Lhasa, told The Epoch Times that the whole city of Lhasa had been locked down for 82 days and someone had jumped off the building, mainly due to economic pressure. Online loans and credit card debt “made some people depressed and they jumped out of buildings.”
He added, “More than 5,000 people around me have been taken to field hospitals. 20% of the elderly people are in field hospitals. They are between 60 and 80. In Lhasa, I have not heard of anyone dying from infection, but from quarantine and static management.”
A video shows thousands of people lining up at midnight to be taken to quarantine. These buses were dubbed “terrifying midnight buses” by Lhasa residents. Tens of thousands of people were dragged into quarantine facilities in terrible conditions.
According to The Epoch Times, there were hundreds of calls for help from Lhasa on Chinese social platforms, but at the end of September, not only were these posts removed, but the government also issued a warning that accounts distributing these posts will be banned.
The young Tibetan singer told her fans on TikTok that she received a threatening call from the police. She said, “If I go missing, you’ll know what happened to me.”
At the end of October, large-scale protests broke out in Lhasa, as many people took to the streets to protest the indefinite lockdown. People were then suppressed by the police.
A resident trapped there told The Epoch Times on October 27 that protests had broken out in many parts of Tibet, and that the authorities had dispatched special police forces and arrested several people.
On October 28, a Lhasa resident told the BBC, “People are locked in their homes every day, life is difficult. Prices in Lhasa have also skyrocketed, with landlords demanding rent. Workers can’t return to their hometown, there’s no way out, a lot of people are thinking of a way to escape, hoping to have a chance to flee.”
Extreme forms of pandemic restrictions similar to those in Tibet are common in China. According to BBC statistics, since March, 152 cities in China have been partially or completely locked down, affecting more than 280 million people.
As for the bravery of the young female singer, Vision Times quoted some netizens as saying, “Her gentle but steady voice makes me believe every word she says, I’m looking for her songs to listen to, I hope she’s safe to keep singing.”
A netizen named Han said, “They (the government) can report the pandemic situation locally as much as they like.” Han added, “At our place, every day is locked with iron doors. No one knows if their report is real or fake.”