China protests COVID lockdowns after Xinjiang fire

China protests COVID lockdowns after Xinjiang fire

In China, protests against tough COVID lockdown restrictions continue after a deadly apartment fire brought some people closer to a breaking point.

Across the country, protesters took to the streets — a mass movement rare in China — defying laws designed to stem the spread of COVID-19. Some appeared with white sheets in place of traditional protest signs, as a criticism of the censorship that prevents citizens from speaking freely.

Protests intensified on Sunday after the Xinjiang fire that killed at least 10 people, which critics said was due to the house arrest measures that led to the building’s doors being locked. In major cities like Shanghai, protesters rallied to demand the end of the country’s ruling party and the resignation of the president. In clips circulating on social media, some protesters can be heard repeatedly chanting, “Communist Party resign, Xi Jinping resign.”