Protests are continuing across China in defiance of the dictates of the authoritarian government as people gather to oppose the outcomes of a lockdown being enforced by the police and Army seeking to impose the zero Covid policy of the authorities.
The nationwide protests in China this weekend were sparked by a fire in the capital of Xinjiang where residents of an apartment building were trapped inside for months due to Covid lockdown and many burned alive
This has become a flashpoint igniting a fuse across the country
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 27, 2022
Commentators say that anger has been stoked by the death of at least 10, and perhaps many more, people in a fire in a tower block in the city of Urumqi where residents were locked in because of the zero-covid policy.
Nov 23, a fire broke out in Urumqi's Jixiang Yuan district. Because of the #covid #lockdown, fire truck couldn’t get closer & people were locked inside & couldn’t escape. #CCP says 10 killed, but it is widely believed that death toll is over 20. That’s 1 reason for today’s riots. pic.twitter.com/Fdt3sQPC8T
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferzeng97) November 25, 2022
— 5star (@Ak_bh2047) November 27, 2022
Protests are erupting across China as people have had enough of the draconian zero Covid lockdowns. This is what eventually happens when people power mobilises against oppressive governments that take away freedoms and human dignity. pic.twitter.com/NsZgZTxEYT
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) November 27, 2022
Sky News reported that Amnesty International described the continuing protests as a move of “remarkable bravery”, and quoted demonstrators as saying Beijing’s COVID policy was a “game”, while others demanded “basic human rights”.
Angry protests continue in China. This in Beijing. pic.twitter.com/atxhagSyzl
— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) November 27, 2022