The Financial Times reports (paywall):
Anger about income loss and job insecurity is beginning to boil over. Shop owners last week staged small-scale protests in at least six cities, from China’s industrial north-east to the southern manufacturing hub of Guangdong.
The South China Morning Post says that Hubei residents are complaining about inflated prices for food and other essential items. In a community in Yingcheng, a city of 600,000 people about an hour’s drive from Wuhan, residents defied lockdown orders to protest after a man was arrested for selling food at lower prices than government-sanctioned suppliers.
I’ve previously argued that the COVID-19 epidemic is likely to enhance the surveillance state, and strengthen Xí Jìnpíng 习近平. But if the economy does not get back to relative normality anytime soon, all bets are off.