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China sees protests over Covid restrictions that are draconian and causing thousands to take to the streets

Protests erupt across China as thousands take to the streets over draconian Covid restrictions

  • Public anger forced authorities in Xinjiang to open parts of the capital Urumqi
  • Urumqi has been subject to a punitive ‘zero-Covid’ lockdown for over 3 months
  • The protest was triggered by the death of ten people in a fire in an apartment building

Angry protests erupted across China yesterday as citizens took to the streets in a rare display of defiance of Beijing’s draconian coronavirus restrictions.

Public anger forced authorities in the far western region of Xinjiang to open parts of the capital Urumqi, which has been subject to a punitive ‘zero-Covid’ lockdown for more than three months.

The protest was provoked by the death of ten people in a fire in a high-rise apartment building. Some have argued that lockdown measures hampered rescue efforts and residents’ ability to escape.

Footage posted online shows hundreds of protesters confronting riot police on the streets of Urumqi, where many of its four million residents have been banned from leaving their homes for 100 days.

Angry protests erupted across China yesterday as citizens took to the streets in a rare show of defiance against Beijing’s draconian coronavirus restrictions

Public Anger Forced Authorities In The Far Western Region Of Xinjiang To Open Parts Of The Capital Urumqi, Which Has Been Subject To A Punitive 'Zero-Covid' Lockdown For More Than Three Months

Public anger forced authorities in the far western region of Xinjiang to open parts of the capital Urumqi, which has been subject to a punitive ‘zero-Covid’ lockdown for more than three months

A video shows a man yelling at uniformed officials, “Whose children are you and whose father are you?” Have you no conscience? How many people died today?’

Other videos showed protesters in a square singing China’s national anthem, seen as an attempt to shield themselves from accusations of being against the government. One of the rules reads: “Arise, those who refuse to be slaves.”

In some scenes, people were yelling and shoving at rows of men in the full-body white hazmat suits.

In Beijing, 2,700 kilometers away, residents also organized protests, confronting officials with restrictions on their freedom of movement. Some have successfully pressured authorities to lift lockdown measures ahead of schedule.

Earlier this week, residents of the southern city of Guangzhou clashed with police, complaining of weeks of detention and food shortages. Officials there responded by erecting concrete walls and barbed wire to prevent anyone from leaving the Haizhu district, the epicenter of the protests.

And in Zhengzhou, the city government tried to temper public anger by apologizing for the death of a four-month-old baby.

Footage Posted Online Shows Hundreds Of Protesters Confronting Riot Police On The Streets Of Urumqi, Where Many Of Its Four Million Residents Have Been Banned From Leaving Their Homes For 100 Days

Footage posted online shows hundreds of protesters confronting riot police on the streets of Urumqi, where many of its four million residents have been banned from leaving their homes for 100 days

The girl died after a delay in receiving medical attention while suffering from vomiting and diarrhea in quarantine at a hotel.

During the lockdown in Xinjiang – home to ten million Uighurs, the minority facing persecution – some residents chained up their doors to avoid breaking the restrictions.

The brute force tactics led many in Urumqi to believe that the victims of Friday’s fire were unable to escape and that the official death toll was not the full picture.

The unprecedented protests and online anger are the latest signs of frustration over China’s approach to dealing with Covid.

It is the only major country still fighting the pandemic with massive testing and lockdowns.

It marks a sharp turn in public opinion. Early in the pandemic, China’s approach to containing the spread of Covid was praised by its own citizens — even as Beijing tried to dispel widespread suspicions that the pandemic started after a leak in a lab in Wuhan.

On Friday, China recorded 34,909 daily cases, a new record.

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