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Rare protests against China's 'zero covid' policy erupt across country

By Lily Kuo

27 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Protests erupted in cities and on campuses across China this weekend as frustrated and outraged citizens took to the streets in a rare wave of demonstrations against the government's "zero covid" policy and the leaders enforcing it.

Residents in Shanghai's most populous city, came together Saturday night and early Sunday, calling for the end of pandemic lockdowns and chanting, "We want freedom!" and "Unlock Xinjiang, unlock all of China!" according to witnesses at the event. In even more extraordinary scenes of public anger aimed at the government's top leader, a group of protesters there chanted, "Xi Jinping, step down!" and "Communist Party, step down!"

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