This is the moment a woman in China refuses to be taken to hospital to be quarantined amid the coronavirus outbreak and repeatedly swings a meat cleaver at armed SWAT officers trying to take her from her home.
Body-worn camera footage dated 5th February shows police officers with Xiedu Police Station crammed in the corridor outside suspect Ms Sun’s home in Wenzhou City’s Lucheng District in East China’s Zhejiang Province.
The authorities said Ms Sun, among other individuals, was deemed a public health risk after having likely been exposed to the Wuhan coronavirus.
According to protocol, officers were to escort Ms Sun to the district’s designated quarantine zone for 14 days of tests and evaluation.
However, the woman reportedly refused to cooperate, keeping her door locked and insisting she did not need to be tested.
The police said they kicked down Ms Sun’s door and were met by her meat cleaver as well as verbal threats promising to hack any officer who tries to take her.
In the video, an arresting policeman can be heard saying: “We’re only taking you to hospital for a test.”
Ms Sun responds: “I don’t need one!”
The cop shouts: “You must! This is a government order! We will take you by force!”
But Ms Sun adds: “If you try I’ll hack you! Believe me.”
Ms Sun swings the meat cleaver at the officers, breaking one of their riot shields before the group storm her home and reportedly subdue her using a bottle of pepper spray.
The authorities said she was detained on obstruction of justice charges and sent to the district’s quarantine facility, where she will be isolated.
Formal criminal proceedings will continue following her release from quarantine, the police said.
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