Hundreds of protesters and police clashed as protests ended in Shanghai China’s strict covid Restrictions continued for a third day and spread to several cities in the biggest test for President Xi Jinping after securing a historic third term in power.
The wave of civil disobedience in mainland China is unprecedented in the past decade, as frustration grows over Xi’s signature zero-covid The policy nearly three years into the pandemic, the Guardian reported.
Protests erupted on Sunday in cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Guangzhou, following a deadly apartment fire in the country’s far west last week.
On Monday, China registered a new daily record of new COVID-19 infections with 40,347 cases.
The cities of Guangzhou and Chongqing, each with thousands of cases, are struggling to contain the outbreak. The Guardian reported that hundreds of infections were also recorded in several other cities across the country.
Chinese shares fell sharply on investor concerns about the impact of the protests on the world’s second-largest economy.
In the early hours of Monday in Beijing, two groups of protesters of at least 1,000 people gathered near the Liangma River on the Chinese capital’s Third Ring Road, refusing to disperse.
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In Shanghai on Sunday, police kept a heavy presence on Wulumuqi Road, which is named after Urumqi, and where a candlelight vigil the day before turned into a protest.
A 26-year-old protester in Shanghai said, “We just want our basic human rights. We can’t leave our homes without being tested. The accident in Xinjiang pushed people too far.”
“The people here are not violent but the police are arresting them without any reason. They tried to catch me but the people around me grabbed my arms so hard and pulled me back so that I could escape “
By Sunday evening, hundreds of people gathered in the area.
Some even pushed and shoved the police trying to disperse them. The Guardian reported that people held up blank sheets of paper as an expression of protest.
On Saturday, people in Shanghai chanted “No PCR test, we want freedom!” This was followed by repeated calls for “Freedom! Freedom!”
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