In Shanghai, Beijing or Wuhan, hundreds of people took to the streets on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November. Responding to calls on social media, protesters expressed dissatisfaction with health restrictions but also more broadly with censorship and lack of freedom in China.
China: What we know about the historic demonstrations against the ‘zero Covid’ policy and Xi Jinping
“No Covid tests, we are hungry!”And the “Xi Jinping, quit! CCP [Parti communiste chinois]And the Withdraws! »And the “No to imprisonment, we want freedom” … Since the pro-democracy riots of 1989, this mobilization represents one of the rare last moments in the country’s history when the authorities and the communist regime were publicly criticized. It is also the culmination of popular discontent that has continued to rise in recent months in the former Middle Kingdom.
For Marc Julien, researcher in charge of China’s activities at the Asia Center of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRY), this movement could destabilize the social contract that governs Chinese society. Maintenance work.
The drama of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, where a fire killed ten people on Thursday, November 24, was one incident too many for the Chinese population. why ?
The fire was an event very shocking to the public opinion. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Chinese because once again the “zero covid” policy
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