China Cracks Down on “Hostile Forces” After Rare Protests Against Covid Rules

Over the weekend, thousands of people in China took to the streets to protest the country’s strict Covid-19 measures. Some demonstrators even called for President Xi Jinping to step down.
2. Police officers were seen patrolling in large numbers in Beijing and Shanghai, where the protests took place. There were also reports of officers showing up at a shopping area in Shenzhen after rumours of a planned protest circulated on social media.
3. China’s health officials have said that lockdowns should be “imposed and eased quickly” and that “excessive control measures should be continuously rectified”. The officials have also called for more targeted Covid measures.

By Evey Lovelace

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