Clashes in Shanghai as COVID protests flare across China

11/28/2022 12:25:00 AM

Hundreds of demonstrators and police clashed in Shanghai as protests over China's stringent COVID restrictions flared for the third day and spread to several cities

Hundreds of demonstrators and police clashed in Shanghai as protests over China's stringent COVID restrictions flared for the third day and spread to several cities

Hundreds of demonstrators and police clashed in Shanghai on Sunday night as protests over China's stringent COVID restrictions flared for a third day and spread to several cities in the wake of a deadly fire in the country's far west.

The wave of civil disobedience is unprecedented in mainland China since President Xi Jinping assumed power a decade ago, as frustration mounts over his signature zero-COVID policy nearly three years into the pandemic.A fire on Thursday that killed 10 people in a high-rise building in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, has sparked widespread public anger as many internet users surmised that residents could not escape in time because the building was partially locked down, which city officials denied.Protesters claim that residents of the building where the fire occurred could not escape in time because the building was partially locked down.Economy And Jobs AllSides Summary China is enduring another large wave of COVID-19 infections, and the zero-covid policies of the Chinese Communist Party are stoking discontent and frustration among the Chinese people.

The COVID measures are also exacting a heavy toll on the world's second-largest economy."I’m here because I love my country, but I don’t love my government.“Lift lockdown for Urumqi, lift lockdown for Xinjiang, lift lockdown for all of China!” the crowds in Shanghai shouted, according to a video circulated on social media..As a large group of police looked on, the crowd held up blank sheets of paper — a protest symbol against censorship..A large group of police looked on and sometimes tried to break up the crowd.I want to be able to go out freely, but I can’t.The fire led to a rare wave of anti-lockdown protests, which the CCP responded to by announcing an ease of lockdown measures.

Our COVID-19 policy is a game and is not based on science or reality," said a protester in the financial hub named Shaun Xiao.China defends President Xi Jinping's signature zero-COVID policy as life-saving and necessary to prevent overwhelming the healthcare system.The police tried at times to break up the crowd.Protesters also took to the streets in the cities of Wuhan and Chengdu on Sunday, while students on numerous university campuses around China gathered to demonstrate over the weekend.In the early hours of Monday in Beijing, two groups of protesters totaling at least 1,000 people were gathered along the Chinese capital's 3rd Ring Road near the Liangma River, refusing to disperse.Videos from Shanghai widely shared on Chinese social media showed crowds facing dozens of police and calling out chants including: “Serve the people”, “We don’t want health codes” and “We want freedom"."We don’t want masks, we want freedom.China is battling a surge in infections that has prompted lockdowns and other restrictions in cities across the country as Beijing adheres to a zero-Covid policy even while much of the world tries to coexist with the coronavirus.We don’t want COVID tests, we want freedom," one of the groups chanted earlier.Others shared comments or posts calling for all of “you brave young people” to be careful.

A fire on Thursday at a residential high-rise building in the city of Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, triggered protests after videos of the incident posted on social media led to accusations that lockdowns were a factor in the blaze that killed 10 people.Urumqi officials abruptly held a news conference in the early hours of Saturday to deny COVID measures had hampered escape and rescue efforts.ANGER NATIONWIDE Shanghai's 25 million people were put under lockdown for two months earlier this year, an ordeal that provoked anger and protest.Officials have vowed to continue with it despite the growing public pushback and its mounting toll on the world's second-biggest economy.Many of Urumqi's 4 million residents have been under some of the country's longest lockdowns, barred from leaving their homes for as long as 100 days.On Sunday in Shanghai, police kept a heavy presence on Wulumuqi Road, which is named after Urumqi, and where a candlelight vigil the day before turned into protests.While low by global standards, China's case numbers have hit record highs for days, with nearly 40,000 new infections reported by health authorities on Sunday for the previous day."We just want our basic human rights.

We can’t leave our homes without getting a test.Many of Urumqi's 4 million residents have been under some of the country's longest lockdowns, barred from leaving their homes for as long as 100 days.It was the accident in Xinjiang that pushed people too far," said a 26-year-old protester in Shanghai who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter."The people here aren’t violent, but the police are arresting them for no reason.A video shared with Reuters showed Beijing residents in an unidentifiable part of the capital marching around an open-air carpark on Saturday, shouting "End the lockdown!" The Beijing government did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.They tried to grab me but the people all around me grabbed my arms so hard and pulled me back so I could escape." By Sunday evening, hundreds of people gathered in the area.Reporting by Martin Quin Pollard, Yew Lun Tian and Liz Lee in Beijing and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Writing by Tony Munroe; Editing by William Mallard Our Standards:.

Some jostled with police trying to disperse them.People held up blank sheets of paper as an expression of protest.A Reuters witness saw police escorting people onto a bus which was later driven away through the crowd with a few dozen people on board.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, according to witnesses and videos posted on social media, in a rare public protest against the country's leadership.

URUMQI, BEIJING, WUHAN [1/18] People gather for a vigil and hold white sheets of paper in protest of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, as they commemorate the victims of a fire in Urumqi, as outbreaks of the coronavirus disease continue in Beijing, China, November 27, 2022.REUTERS/Thomas Peter 1.

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saitomri ils ont parfaitement raison de ne pas ce laisser faire ! China dictatorship is crazy murderer. They will send army to kill all protesters China dictatorship destroyed democracy, freedom and human right WhitePaperRevolution Freedom So where were you when this happened in western cities Bunch of disgusting pfizer propaganda clowns!!

A small smile 🙂 about 10 people died in the fire as the house was locked,in Urumqi,that is why people get angry,the same accident happen again and again, as the same reason —— locked down Chinese people take to the streets to protest US hegemony💪 They have the good sense to remain masked 如果说,谁闹腾的声音大就代表了正确。 那你们欧美不是年年上街头的都很多?

Even carrying a piece of white paper will get yourself into detention, China. I fear Tiananmen 2 😢

Shanghai hit by COVID protests as anger spreads across ChinaProtests simmered in Shanghai early on Sunday, as residents in several Chinese cities, many of them angered by a deadly fire in the country's far west, pushed back against heavy COVID-19 curbs nearly three years into the pandemic. and COVID and COVID I wish them healing!

Most people in China are hard working and trying to improve the lives of their family. Their effort and hope gets threatened by spoiled kids from nowhere who even couldn't speak the local dialect. Local residents have their own opinions against those one start with F words. Thanks for reporting China's population is saying they don't want a communist regime anymore, Xi should quit like Boris Johnson did or like any other in its 'democratic government do

support corporate regime change crew failed in Iran, moved to China to try their luck there? Stay strong people of China - you deserve to be heard!! Giga Shanghai is ok? elonmusk, maybe it is worth overestimating the risks of locating production in autocracies? and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it

'We want freedom': Shanghai hit by Covid protests as anger mounts in ChinaProtests against strict coronavirus measures have spread across cities in China following a deadly fire at a residential building in the country's far west. It is always terrible that some innocent people die, and it is fair to see if there are any culprits in carrying out protective measures, but the lockdown has saved millions of lives and even a sad incident like this cannot diminish its importance.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another... I'm betting the people of China are wishing they had a 2A right about now. EndGameWW3 When does the US send a weapons package to the protestors since we stand for democracy or some shit.

TheStalwart No doubt that the anti authoritarian covid restriction side is on the right side of history. Both in China and in the west. I'm sure the commies at Reuters are sad. The Chinese government imposes laws to protect its people from Covid. Isn't this something useful for the Chinese and the world so that the disease does not spread like 2020?!! I don't know what Western governments want from spreading revolutions in Eastern Europe and East Asia

Make no mistake about it, current lockdowns in China have Democrats in the United States salivating. LadyKnightFox Congrats Reuters you only a day late on breaking news . 'bout time they fought back.

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Power to the people ❤ And so it begins. Thank you guys for your report 44 Uighurs burned to death because they were locked in their homes. China uses covid as an excuse to increase the pressure on minorities, especially the Uighurs, and other demands for democracy. Is it normal to lock people up because 1 in 1.4 billion people died from covid(!?

China should buy out Novavax since the U.S. is slow walking the best Covid-19 vaccine.

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Protests Breakout In Shanghai, Beijing And Other Cities Over China’s Rigid Zero Covid PolicyProtestors took to the streets in Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities demanding the reversal of China’s draconian zero Covid measures. be safe... Wow , finally🙌✌️👍 so few people

Protests break out in China against COVID-19 lockdowns after deadly fire kills 10Protests broke out in Xinjiang, China, over the country's draconian lockdown measures after they contributed to a deadly fire that killed 10. Shock. Xinjiang, China. 44 people were locked in the building by the regime. The fire gradually burned people to death. The Chinese regime is too bad. directorblue