China: Violent clashes reported as people try to flee stricken Hubei province

China: Violent clashes reported as people try to flee stricken Hubei province
Police in background, massed on bridge to prevent people in Hubei from entering Jiangxi province. Mar 2020. Social media video via Globe and Mail

[Ed. – It’s not clear how widespread it is, but it appears that although the lockdown on Hubei has been lifted, neighboring Jiangxi doesn’t want the people from Hubei coming in.]

Police vehicles were overturned and police scuffled with each other amid large crowds of shouting people, according to a series of videos posted to Chinese social media. The confrontation came after authorities in Jiangxi blocked entry to people from Hubei, local media reported.

Hubei this week lifted its lockdown of areas of the province outside Wuhan.

But deep distrust has taken root across China toward people from Hubei, fuelled by fear of COVID-19, which spread widely in the province, as well as skepticism of official reassurances that the epidemic has been successfully suppressed.

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