And so, Vice Premier Sun Chunlan visited the epicenter of the outbreak, Wuhan, on Thursday to take a tour through the residential areas of the city to show how normal everything is.
Except there were no people around. Instead, the residents of Kaiyuan Mansion in Qingshan District shouted at Sun from their high-rise apartments, “Fake, fake?” “It’s all fake,” “It’s a show put on for you. Everything is faked!”
Others shouted “What you are seeing is fake” and “They are taking advantage of the people to put up a show.”
Videos of the incident show Sun, surrounded by dozens of other officials, walking through an estate that’s been cordoned off. The residents were specifically criticizing the property management having people pretend they were delivering fresh vegetables and meat to the apartments.
Residents in the buildings have been on lockdown since Jan. 22, and many have relied solely on property management group to supply food and other necessities.
The incident marks a very rare public rebuke of government officials by Chinese citizens, who typically fear for their lives for speaking out against the government and their president-for-life Xi Jinping.