Days after the massive protests in Beijing and Shanghai, a large number of police officers were present in the areas where the demonstrations took place. Chinese authorities have started to seek out some of the people in China who joined weekend protests against COVID restrictions.
As Reuters reported on November 29, two protesters had an interview with the news station.
One protester was asked to appear at a police station on November 29 to submit a written account of their activities on Sunday night, November 27.
In another case, a college contacted one student and asked if they had been in the area where the protests took place. They were also ordered to provide a written account.
Another Beijing protester who wished to remain anonymous told Reuters, “We are all desperately deleting our chat history,” adding, “There are just too many police. Police came to check the ID of one of my friends and then took her away. We don’t know why. A few hours later they released her.”
Beijing’s Public Security Bureau did not immediately answer a request for comment.
Over the weekend of November 26 and November 27, thousands of Chinese people took to the streets to protest against the country’s strict COVID lockdown policy. The protesters even called for President Xi Jinping to stand down.
The latest wave of public anger grew after a fire in a high-rise block in Urumqi, western China, killed 10 people on November 24.
People suspected that the COVID lockdown may have delayed residents’ escape due to the video circulated on the internet. However, the authorities have disputed this.