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China protesters facing off with police draw comparisons with Tiananmen’s ‘tank man’

Protesters who defy China’s Communist regime and its hash-zero-Covid policies are being likened to Tiananmen Square’s famous “tank man” in a move that is sure to send chills down Beijing’s spines. 

One clip, believed to have been shot in Shanghai during weekend clashes, shows a man standing in line with a police riot van. He is then bundled to his face and beaten by officers. 

A second, thought to come from the city of Pingxiang also at the weekend, shows a female demonstrator calmly filming riot police before her phone is slapped out of her hand and hazmat-suited guards begin dragging her away.

Both videos were shared online by Chinese social media users who compared them with ‘tank man’, who stopped People’s Liberation Army tanks from leaving Tiananmen Square, June 5, 1989. This was the same day that protesters demanding greater rights were murdered.

In footage believed to have been taken from Shanghai at the weekend, a Chinese man protests against Xi Jinpings increasingly autocratic country rule faces off against a police riot vehicle.

A Female Chinese Demonstrator Stares Down Riot Cops In Video Thought To Have Been Taken In The City Of Pingxiang, Also At The Weekend

A female Chinese demonstrator stares down riot cops in video thought to have been taken in the city of Pingxiang, also at the weekend

Both Pieces Of Video Drew Comparisons With Tiananmen Square'S Famous 'Tank Man', A Likeness That Is Sure To Send Shivers Down Spines In Beijing

Both video clips were inspired by Tiananmen square’s famous “tankman”, which is certain to send chills down Beijingers’ spines. 

What was the Tiananmen Plaza massacre?

The Tiananmen Square massacre was one of many protests that took place in China during the spring 1989.

After After decades of oppression under the Chinese Communist Party, there was a rising desire among university students for political and economic change. 

Students protested the death of Hu Yaobang (an ex-general secretary of the CCP) who advocated democratic reforms, before he was forced resign. Government.

Tens of thousands marched in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, on April 22, 1989, in support of economic, social, and political liberalisation.

Similar demonstrations were held in Nanjing and Chengdu.

CCP leaders Li Peng and Deng Xiaoping were the main proponents of hardliners. They called for a brutal crackdown against the protesters in fear that they would spread further.

In May, Beijing declared martial law. However, soldiers tried to reach protestors in Tiananmen Square but were stopped by locals.

In the early hours on June 4, tanks, heavily armed troops and tanks marched across the square, killing and maiming anyone who stood in their way.

According to official Chinese sources, the death toll was 241, with 7,000 injured. However, international observers believe the actual figure is much higher. Experts estimate that many people died.

The CCP has banned any official commemorations of this incident and attempted to suppress all mentions to it.

Although the identity of the man has not been revealed, the image of the man in white pants and shorts, holding a briefcase, facing down four tanks, has become a symbol of resistance to insurmountable odds.

Protests against Xi Jinping’s increasingly authoritarian rule of China – which were sparked over Covid lockdowns but have quickly spiraled to include calls for greater individual freedoms – have drawn comparisons with the doomed  demonstrations 33 years ago.

MailOnline spoke to experts who said that the protests were the first nationwide, spontaneous protest movement against the central Chinese government since Tiananmen.

The marches aren’t on the same level and don’t pose a direct threat for Xi or his Communist Party yet. However, experts warned that they could spiral – especially when combined with the country’s economic difficulties.

Matthew Henderson, one who spoke out against Xi, said that protests are the biggest threat to his rule since he assumed power a decade ago.

Separately, more footage revealed Chinese tanks rolling down the streets of Xuzhou – but it was unclear whether this was related to the protests or to recent military exercises.   

Locals were curious if the tanks were headed to Shanghai. Others suggested that they were returning from military maneuvers. 

Since the weekend, hundreds of protestors have marched to the streets in anger at the unrelenting lockdowns and deep-rooted frustrations about China’s political orientation.

They are the China’s largest antigovernment demonstrations have been seen since 1989’s Tiananmen square massacre. 

Chinese officials have increased their crackdown on the protests following criticisms from the west media about Xi’s ‘zero-Covid’ policy. Millions of people are now under tight lockdown restrictions.

Despite the presence of heavy police, however, Some protesters continued their historic demonstrations yesterday night, defiantly.

Around six police officers were seen in Shanghai surrounding one protester, who can be heard calling for help. He tried to stop officers from arresting him but they just dragged him away.

A group of protesters clashed in Jinan (northern China) with Hazmat officials. The demonstrators were seen picking up a road block and pushing it towards the officials last night.

Scores of police officers wearing hazmat suits were also seen in the southern city of Guangzhou last night, as officials tried to curb the angry protests.

Video Shows A Steady Stream Of Tanks Trundling Through The Eastern City Of Xuzhou On Monday Night

Video Shows A Steady Stream Of Tanks Trundling Through The Eastern City Of Xuzhou On Monday Night

Video of tanks moving through Xuzhou, eastern China on Monday night

Dramatic Video Shows A Woman Screaming As She Is Arrested By Six Police Officers And Dragged Away From A Main Square In Hangzhou, As Chinese Officials Sought To Crack Down On Protesters In The City

Dramatic video captures a woman screaming while she is taken into custody by six police officers. She was being taken from Hangzhou’s main square. This was in response to protesters.

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Dramatic video captures a woman shouting as six police officers arrest her and drag her away from Hangzhou’s main square. This was as Chinese officials tried to crackdown on protesters. Two officials ran at the protester, screaming at him to leave. A man tried to stop police from arresting the woman.

Police Officers Are Seen Dragging The Two Demonstrators Away While Holding The Scruff Of Their Collars In Hangzhou

Police officers are seen dragging the two demonstrators away while holding the scruff of their collars in Hangzhou

Police have detained a number of protestors, including Edward Lawrence from BBC. However, it is hard to estimate how many because of a crackdown against independent media outlets in China. 

Police officers beat Mr Lawrence, a Chinese-language camera operator with the BBC’s China Bureau, as he was covering historic protests. Chinese officials claimed that he was being held in contempt. In case Covid was caught from the crowd, he would be detained.

Amazing footage shows Edward Lawrence being dragged away in Shanghai by Xi’s police officers, as he shouts ‘call Xi consulate now’ to a close friend.

Lawrence was beat and kicked repeatedly by officers before being taken into custody and then released. 

His arrest has exacerbated long-running diplomatic tensions with China. Today, the UK summons Beijing’s ambassador to protest the issue.  

On his arrival in Bucharest at the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting, James Cleverly, Britain’s foreign secretary, stated that he had ordered that the Chinese envoy was summoned to discuss the incident.

It is vital that media freedom be protected. He said that it was something very important to the UK’s belief system. It is crucial that journalists are free to go about their work unmolested, without fear,’ he added.

Meanwhile, China’s police officers also used intimidation last night in an attempt to curb the anti-lockdown protests, with China’s major cities of Beijing and Shanghai blanketed with Security today following the nationwide rallies 

Protesters who were present at the Beijing demonstrations have been called by police officers. If they do not pick up, officers will go to their home.

“We are all desperate to delete our chat history,” a Beijing protester, who declined to be identified, stated. 

“There are too many police. Police arrived to verify the identity of one of my friend and took her away. We don’t know the reason. They released her just a few hours later.

Policemen Pin Down And Arrest A Protester During A Protest On A Street In Shanghai, China, On Sunday

Policemen arrest and pin down a demonstrator during a peaceful protest in Shanghai, China, Sunday

Protesters Shout Slogans During A Protest Against Chinas Strict Zero-Covid Measures In Beijing Last Night

Protesters shout slogans against China’s stringent zero-Covid policies in Beijing last night

People Hold Sheets Of Blank Paper And Flower In Protest Of Covid Restriction In Mainland As Police Setup Cordon During A Vigil In The Central District On Tuesday In Hong Kong, China.

People protest COVID restrictions in mainland China by holding sheets of paper and flowers. Police set up a cordon at a vigil in Hong Kong’s central district on Tuesday, China.

Protests have broken out in at most seven cities since the weekend against China’s strict zero Covid rules. 

Ten people were killed in an apartment fire in Urumqi last week, which was the catalyst for the protests. Many speculated that Covid curbs within the city, some of which had been in lockdown for 100-days, were preventing rescue and escape. City officials refuted this theory. 

Police patrolled areas in Beijing and Shanghai where Telegram message service groups suggested people gather again. Police were present Monday night and on Monday morning to ensure that no gatherings took places.

The protests were witnessed by Philip Qin (22), a Beijing resident. 

AFP received a report from bar staff in Shanghai that said they were being closed at 10:00 pm due to ‘disease control’. 

An eyewitness claimed that police were performing random checks of phones at the People’s Square subway station, Shanghai, Monday evening. 

Out of fear of retribution the person refused to reveal his identity as he was on route to a planned demonstration near the station which he didn’t find. 

Four people were detained by police officers throughout the day, and one was later released. A reporter counted 12 police cars in the 100-metre radius of Wulumuqi Street in Shanghai. 

“The atmosphere tonight is nervy.” On Monday night, a man in his 30s stated that there are many police officers around. 

Residents claimed that police asked people who pass through the area for their phones in order to verify if they have virtual private networks (VPNs), and if they have Telegram, which was used by protesters. 

Most VPNs in China are illegal. Telegram is also blocked from China’s Internet.

Chinese officials also began inquiries into the protestors who were present at the weekend demonstrations in the country. 

One case involved a caller who identified himself as a Chinese police officer and asked the protester to appear at a station on Tuesday in order to give a written account of Sunday’s activities.

One student was contacted at college by their college asking if they’d been to the event site and to write a report.

Some rallies were held elsewhere. Many mourned the Urumqi victims at the Chinese University in semi-autonomous Hong Kong.

Police Officers And Vehicles Monitor An Area Near A Subway Station Where Protesters Were Expected To Gather In Beijing On Monday Night

Police officers and vehicles patrol an area around a subway station where protesters were likely to gather in Beijing on Monday night

People Hold Signs In Protest Of Covid Restriction In Mainland As Police Setup Cordon During A Vigil In The Central District On Monday Night In Hong Kong, China.

As police set up a cordon for a Monday night vigil in Hong Kong’s central district, protestors held signs to protest COVID restriction on the mainland.

Police Check Mourners During A Vigil For The Victims Of China'S Zero-Covid Policy And The Victims Of The Urumqi Fire In Hong Kong, China, On Monday Night

Police check mourners as they attend a vigil in support of the victims China’s zero-COVID policies and the Urumqi fire victims in Hong Kong on Monday night.

“Don’t look away.” Demonstrators shouted “Don’t forget!”  

While protesters are mainly focused on Covid curbs they have also expressed frustration with the ruling Communist Party (Xi) who has concentrated power over the past decade and only recently won another term as leader.

Sunday saw a large crowd gather in Chengdu’s southwest metropolis, Chanting: “We don’t want to be rulers for life.” We don’t want emperors. On Sunday, anti-Xi slogans could also be heard briefly in Shanghai.

Xi took personal responsibility for the ‘war against COVID’. Officials claim that the zero-COVID policy has prevented the deaths in the world’s largest country from reaching the millions.

Analysts warn that easing the policy could result in widespread illness and death, which would overwhelm hospitals. China should push to vaccinate the elderly before they even consider reopening.

Although the editorial did not mention the protests the People’s Daily (the Communist Party’s official newspaper) urged citizens ‘unswervingly’ implement zero-COVID policy. This puts people’s ‘lives’ first and says victory will come through ‘perseverance though thousands of hardships’.

It stated, “The harder it is the more you need to grind your teeth,”

China’s strict controls on information and continual travel bans have made verification of the number of protestors across the vast country difficult.

But such rallies are rare. Authorities have been extremely strict about removing any opposition to the central government.

Some local authorities relaxed restrictions Monday without mentioning protests or criticism of Xi.

Beijing’s government declared that it would no more install barriers to prevent people from accessing apartment complexes where they are infected.

According to China News Service official, Wang Daguang (a city official responsible of epidemic control) stated, “Passages must remain open for medical transportation and emergency escapes and rescues.”

Guangzhou is a major manufacturing and trading center in China. It announced that mass testing will no longer be necessary for some residents.

 

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