Protesters in China defy a surveillance state as they resist stifling zero-COVID policies. Plus art in times of unrest in Sri Lanka.
After two years of some of the toughest COVID restrictions in the world, many in China are fed up and are demanding a relaxation of controls – in some cases even calling on President Xi Jinping. They run up the gauntlet of a surveillance state that cracks down on dissent.
Victor Gao – Vice President, Center for China and Globalization
Carl Zha – host, Silk & Steel podcast
Lizzi Lee – journalist, Wall St TV & Host, Live with Lizzi Lee
Josh Chin – Deputy Chief of China Bureau, Wall Street Journal
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Art in times of unrest in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan protests that forced former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office have featured memes, viral videos, songs, dances, cartoons and caricatures. The protest art conveyed what the mainstream media could not or would not: Sri Lankans were done with the Rajapaksas and their corruption.
Hasini Haputhanthri – cultural sociologist
Sanjana Hattotuwa – research associate, The Disinfo Project
Randy Chriz Perera – artist and animator
Vasi Samudra Devi – artist and activist