‘Xi Jinping Step Down’: China Sees Massive Protests Over Zero-COVID Policy | Top Updates

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From Shanghai to Beijing, protests have erupted across China. The widespread demonstrations against the ruling Communist Party were sparked by anger over the country’s increasingly zero-COVID policy.


About 2,000 students at Xi’s alma mater, Tsinghua University in Beijing, gathered to demand an easing of covid-related curbs, according to posts on social media.

Students shouted “freedom of speech!” and sang the Internationale, the socialist anthem, AFP reported.


On Saturday, the vigil in Shanghai for victims of the apartment fire turned into a protest against COVID curbs, with the crowd chanting calls for lockdowns to be lifted.

“Down with the Chinese Communist Party, down with Xi Jinping”, one large group chanted in the early hours of Sunday.


In several videos, people in Urumqui are seen confronting officials and shouting “end the Covid lockdown.”

Why are Chinese people protesting?

In September, a bus carrying people to a Guizhou quarantine centre at night crashed, killing 27 people.

Last month in Zhengzhou thousands of workers in an Apple iPhone factory clashed with riot police and tore down barricades due to Covid restrictions. Across locked-down cities, residents also shared rumours and reports of suicides and other deaths they linked to the enforcement of zero-Covid, the Guardian reported.

Then last week at least 10 people were killed in a building fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, which had been under lockdown for about 100 days.

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