Despite the negative impact on the economy and people’s lives for nearly three years, the Chinese communist regime remains steadfast in its “zero-COVID” policy.

Under this policy people are having a hard time surviving. Accordingly, the Chinese, especially those living in urban centers, are increasingly agitated. Consequently, a wave of protests against the regime has broken out everywhere, especially in mega cities, starting in the middle of November.

One of the first megacities in this wave of protests was Gungzhou in southern China.

China tightened restrictions in Guangzhou as a rise in COVID cases was reported in late October, causing large-scale protests by workers in Haizhu District. It’s one of the areas where COVID shows no sign of abating during the long-term lockdown.

The district wide lockdown order was extended, with relief only in some small areas. The extended lockdowns due to a spike in COVID cases in the area prompted the demonstrations. 

Consequently, residents in Guangzhou held rare protests against the CCP’s COVID measures on November 14. 

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Haizhu and some small areas in Tianhe District to protest. Protesters chanted, “No more testing.” 

Some even pushed over barricades that were supposed to prevent residents from leaving their homes. 

Some stormed the Haizhu District Authority at one point and clashed with officials in hazmat suits.

They’re also against the police, even gathering to overturn police cars and throw debris at the police. 

Then, Chinese authorities dispatched many SWAT police to the scene. The police used many methods to suppress the protesters, such as using water cannons and force. Many people were arrested and taken away.

Additionally, there were heated discussions about police violently suppressing the demonstrations and that some people were hit with live ammunition. Video shared by residents shows one person lying in a pool of blood on the street, surrounded by staff wearing protective gear giving him first aid.

In the megacity of Chongqing in Southwest China, people also stood up to protest against the authorities.

During a protest on November 24, a man bravely faced the police and voiced the grievances of the people. 

The man also criticized the Chinese regime for making mistakes and asked them to take responsibility. 

He also spoke about people’s feelings when their income is low but they face high food prices. 

The man shouted, “There is only one disease in the world, it’s called no freedom and poverty, and we have them all now!”

Also on November 24, a fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, killed 10 people and many were injured. When the fire broke out, people inside their apartments were locked in because of the COVID measures, making it impossible for many people to get out.

The fire trucks couldn’t get near the building and sprayed water at the blaze from a distance. 

Footage shows that the after-fire scene is very haunting, although it has been cleaned up.

From this suffering, protests broke out across China. 

On November 26, hundreds of residents gathered in different places to hold a candlelight vigil to mourn the victims. In Chengdu, Sichuan, people brought candles and flowers and took to the streets to commemorate the 44 victims in Xinjiang.

Protests against strict COVID measures spread to Shanghai, Beijing, and other megacities on November 27.

The crowd held blank white sheets of paper as a symbol against censorship, shouting, “lift lockdown for Urumqi, lift lockdown for Xinjiang, lift lockdown for all of China!” 

Reuters, citing witnesses and videos, reported that a large group of protesters also chanted, “Down with the Chinese Communist Party. Down with Xi Jinping.” 

China Dissent Monitor estimates that at least 27 protests against the CCP’s “zero-COVID” policy took place in China between November 26 and 28.

Meanwhile, Australia’s ASPI think tank estimates there have been 43 protests across 22 Chinese cities.

In response to the wave of protests, the Chinese communist regime applied tight security measures. 

Shanghai police checked people’s cell phones on public transportation. Police officers on Urumqi Street, where demonstrators gathered to protest, checked and told people to delete images related to the protests from their phones.

A Beijing protester who wished to remain anonymous told Reuters, “We are all desperately deleting our chat history.” The protester added, “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.”

Online censorship has also been tightened, as posts and videos related to the protests have been removed.

Despite tight security, Guangzhou citizens continued to protest on the night of November 29, clashing with white hazmat-suited riot police.

Protesters threw objects at police, who were huddled in the distance. 

The police gathered in rows, holding shields and moving toward the protesters, while the protesters continued to throw bottles at the police.

Police were then seen escorting a line of handcuffed people to an unknown location.

The following day, on November 30, authorities suddenly lifted COVID restrictions in nearly half of the districts across the southern city of Guangzhou.

According to Guardian News,  local officials were instructed to remove various “temporary control orders” and reclassify some regions as low-risk. They also declared an end to mass PCR testing.

Not all districts had COVID restrictions lifted. For example, Haizhu, where most of the city’s COVID cases have been reported, is still under restrictions. Yue Shan, a current affairs commentator, said that Chinese people are no longer afraid of the Chinese communist regime because they can’t bear its chaotic rule.

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