China Lockdown Protest: Demonstrations have intensified across the country against the strict restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of Kovid-19 in China. Chinese protesters have resorted to blank paper sheets to express their anger. Blank paper sheet has become the symbol of this demonstration. This way of protesting has now reached from the streets to the big universities of the country.
Several photos and videos are surfacing on social media in which university students in several cities, including Nanjing and Beijing, have been seen holding blank paper sheets and holding peaceful demonstrations. China is still following its tough zero-covid policy. Cases of infection are increasing rapidly in the country and on Sunday (November 27) only about 40,000 new cases have been reported. There has been an increase in the cases of infection for the fourth consecutive day in the country. This number is the highest since the spurt in cases in major cities like Shanghai in April.
Protests intensified after the accident in Urumqi
Actually, these demonstrations have gained momentum after an accident in Urumqi city of China. Ten people were killed in an apartment fire during the lockdown in Urumqi on Thursday, leading to widespread protests over the weekend. Here some people were locked in the house. Speculations were rife that due to the Covid lockdown, people were locked so that they could not leave when the fire broke out.
Protest done with blank paper sheet
According to witnesses and video, the crowd that gathered late Saturday night to hold a candlelight march for the Urumqi victims in Shanghai also held blank paper sheets in their hands. Barricades put in place due to virus restrictions caused the fire to worsen, with many alleging that it took emergency crews three hours to extinguish the fire, but officials denied these allegations and said there were no barricades in the building. were installed. Residents were allowed to leave.
Similar demonstrations took place in Hong Kong and Moscow.
Another video is going viral which is being told of Saturday. It shows a lone woman holding a piece of paper on the steps of the University of Communications in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. After which an unknown person comes to the woman and snatches the paper. In the 2020 Hong Kong protests, activists also used blank paper sheets to protest to avoid slogans banned under the National Security Act. Blank paper sheets were used by protesters in Moscow this year to protest Russia’s war with Ukraine.
Many people were arrested in China
Such demonstrations are rare in China. In several videos available on Chinese social media and Twitter, people were seen demonstrating in many places including Shanghai and shouting slogans against the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and the country’s President Xi Jinping. It is being told that many protesters have been arrested. In several videos, students on various university campuses were seen protesting against the lockdown.
Lockdown lifted from Urumqi
Meanwhile, the government on Saturday took steps to lift the lockdown from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Police used pepper spray to disperse around 300 protesters who had gathered on Middle Urumqi Road. A protester named Zhao said that one of his friends was beaten by the police and pepper spray was used against two of his friends. She said the protesters chanted ‘Xi Chinfing, resign, Communist Party leave power’, ‘Remove sanctions on Xinjiang, lift sanctions on China’, ‘We don’t want PCR (probe), we want freedom’ and ‘freedom of the press’ Many slogans including
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