Mark Liu, 33, is one such Big White who stepped forward to help authorities deliver goods. The new Shanghai resident said he volunteered to get more transparent information on the COVID-19 cases in his area. But Liu soon grew disillusioned after seeing firsthand how his fellow Big Whites abused their newfound authority.
Liu was unable to learn more details about COVID-19 outbreaks during his stint as a Big White. Worse, he saw some volunteers spying on neighbors and purchasing e-cigarettes as a group – a luxury denied to ordinary Shanghainese. He added that other Big Whites were not even taught how to properly wear and dispose their PPE.
"Being a big supporter of authority and power seems to be deeply rooted in some residents' mindsets. There are not many people who question authority, or the very validity of the [zero-COVID] policy," said Liu.
The Big White moniker comes from the Chinese name of Baymax, the inflatable robot in the 2014 Disney animated movie "Big Hero 6." Chinese state media had adopted the name since the COVID-19 pandemic's onset in 2020. However, common folk vilified the volunteers – with some even dubbing them the "White Guards" in the same manner as Mao Tse-Tung's Red Guards.
The volunteers work with neighborhood committees to ensure locked-down residents get food and other essentials to keep daily life running efficiently. They are also responsible for mass COVID-19 testing in districts under stringent lockdown.
But German expatriate Ralf, 48, remarked that talking to Big Whites was similar to talking to children as they did not have any real knowledge about COVID-19 and were unable to explain the rules associated with the central government's zero-COVID policies.
"If you accept the system – of the need for them to control us like the secret police – as being good for you and the city, then these people are doing a tremendous job. But they are prison guards," said Ralf.
Footage circulating on Chinese social media show Big Whites engaging in seemingly absurd activities, such as disinfecting empty streets. The same videos also revealed their brutal side – including locking people inside their homes, mauling pets and mistreating elderly residents.
One footage showed Big Whites beating a corgi to death in the Pudong area of Shanghai. The dog's owners were forced to hand over their pet to the area's neighborhood committee for culling after they tested positive for COVID-19 and were sent to a quarantine facility. According to Chinese authorities, household pets and other animals can carry the virus responsible for COVID-19. (Related: Authorities in Chinese city round up and KILL pets of COVID patients.)
Another viral footage showed a Big White following a solitary man in Shanghai who took a walk outside – in violation of the city's "static management" policy for COVID-19. The volunteer held a megaphone to the man's face and repeatedly shouted "go home."
The Epoch Times also reported on the brutality of some Big Whites who beat residents breaching COVID-19 lockdown protocols.
One video showed at least eight Big Whites repeatedly punching and kicking a young resident in the Songjiang area's Lianyang community. The victim is seen burying his head in his hands while being beaten by the volunteers. Six of the Big Whites are said to be police officers.
A second video showed a Big White pushing a male resident in the Chedun community, also in Songjiang, before stomping on his head and repeatedly kicking him in the back. Footage of this was later deleted following pressure from authorities.
A local police officer in Shanghai did not confirm or deny the beating incident in Lianyang, adding that all inquiries should be directed to the city's public security bureau. The officer added: "The pandemic prevention is the top priority [in Shanghai], everything else is less important. What's the point of reporting the negative side of such an issue?"
MedicalTyranny.com has more stories about the abuse of power by the Big Whites in different Chinese cities.
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