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China Riots: Angry Protestors Take To Streets, Demand Xi Step Down, And Call For An End To Harsh Lockdowns

China Riots: Angry Protestors Take To Streets, Demand Xi Step Down, And Call For An End To Harsh Lockdowns

( – Authorities in at least eight cities battled to calm demonstrations this week that directly threatened and challenged the ruling Communist Party.

In Shanghai, protesters demanded that Xi Jinping resign and end one-party rule. They were dispersed by police using pepper spray; however, hours later, people gathered again.

According to a social media post, a reporter witnessed protestors being taken into custody and transported away in a bus as police dispersed the gathering.

The demonstrations extended to dozens of university campuses, the capital Beijing, and other towns, are the largest display of resistance to the ruling party in many years.

China is the only significant country working to halt COVID-19 propagation three years after the virus first appeared. Access to neighborhoods has been suspended for weeks due to its “zero COVID” strategy.

Virus testing is performed every day on millions of people in several cities. Because of this, China’s infection rates have remained significantly lower than those of the United States and other large nations, but popular support has dwindled.

In some places, those isolated at home claim they don’t have enough food or medicine.

The ruling party came under fire from the general public after the death of a 3-year-old kid whose parents said the lockdowns made it difficult to seek medical attention.

And then, a fire broke out Thursday, killing at least 10 people and sparking the current protests in northwest Urumqi. Some residents have been imprisoned in their homes for four months.

An avalanche of indignant inquiries about whether locked doors or other limitations prevented firefighters or anyone trying to flee resulted from this.

About 300 protesters gathered late on Saturday In Shanghai, where around 25 million people were confined mainly to their homes for nearly two months beginning in late March.

Some demonstrators carried candles, flowers, and signs to remember those who died in the fire on a street with the name Urumqi.

A demonstrator who insisted on remaining anonymous said another group was more active – yelling slogans and singing the national anthem.

Like others who spoke to reporters, the demonstrators refused to be named for fear of being arrested or facing reprisals.

The atmosphere of the demonstration encouraged individuals to talk about taboo subjects, such as the 1989 suppression of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.

One protester from Xinjiang, a target of a security crackdown involving widespread detentions, related his stories of prejudice and police brutality.

The protester added, “Everyone thinks that Chinese people are frightened to come out and protest, that they don’t have any courage.”

Early on Sunday morning, violence broke out. As they attempted to get people off the main street, hundreds of police broke up the more boisterous gathering before approaching the second.

The demonstrator claimed that he witnessed individuals being dragged away and bundled into police vans but could not identify them.

The protestor claimed that two of his friends received pepper spray, and one of his friends was physically assaulted by police. He fled barefoot after losing his shoes.

He said that slogans were shouted by the demonstrators, including one that has since become a catchphrase: “(We) do not want PCR (tests), but want freedom.”

Crowds gathered at the exact location on Sunday afternoon and protested PCR tests again. People observed while filming as cops shoved citizens.

About 300 people were instructed to leave by officers wearing medical masks and yellow safety vests. Still, they seemed to be attempting to avoid a conflict. Shields and other riot gear were nowhere to be seen.

About 200 individuals gathered in a park on the east side of Beijing. They held up blank pieces of paper as a sign of resistance to the government’s extensive censorship.

An anti-lockdown protester who would only give his last name, Li, stated,

“The lockdown policy is really harsh. It cannot be compared to any other nation. We must discover a way out.”

Social media posts claimed that 50 universities had also seen protests.

According to posts on social media, over 2,000 students gathered at Xi’s alma mater, Tsinghua University in Beijing, to call for the relaxation of anti-virus measures. Students chanted the socialist anthem Internationale and yelled, “Freedom of speech!”

After promising to organize a campus-wide discussion, the university’s deputy Communist Party secretary persuaded the demonstrators to disperse.

Videos of protestors fighting with police in white protective suits or tearing down barricades used to separate communities were posted on social media and claimed to have been shot in Nanjing in the east, Guangzhou in the south, and at least six other cities.

Unfortunately, sources say they could not confirm whether or where those protests occurred.

Amnesty International, a human rights organization, urged Beijing to permit peaceful demonstrations.

Hanna Young, the organization’s regional director, said the Urumqi fire was tragic and had “inspired extraordinary bravery throughout China.”

These enormous protests demonstrate that COVID-19 restrictions are no longer acceptable to the public.

Following Friday’s protests, Urumqi and the smaller Xinjiang city of Korla eased some anti-virus measures in an apparent effort to appease the populace.

The demonstrations, which spread over the weekend to Shanghai, Beijing, and elsewhere, have become a show of public defiance unprecedented since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.

The Biden administration disagreed with calls for President Xi Jinping to step down for his harsh “zero COVID” measures.

But they have openly agreed that China should let citizens “peacefully” reject COVID-19 lockdowns.

The people of China are fighting against the world’s toughest coronavirus restrictions. Many have simply just had enough.

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