Many Chinese gathered outside the Chinese Embassy on Sunday in London to protest against the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) harsh COVID curbs triggered by a fire that, according to officials, killed ten people in Xinjiang. 

However, there are unofficial reports of many more deaths.

Most of the protesters were Chinese students. In pictures and videos circulated online, students hold up images of Xi Jinping with Hitler’s mustache, shouting, “Xi Jinping, step down!” And “Communist Party, step down!”

Ma Jian, a writer, living in the U.K., told the British Epoch Times that thousands of people were at the scene. Most were mainland Chinese international students and the Chinese British who lived near London.

Ma Jian, who experienced the Tiananmen Massacre incident in 1989, said he was so moved when he saw many mainland young people standing up against the CCP. 

He said, “The very rare thing is that today they shouted ‘Chinese Communist Party step down, down with Xi Jinping, step down.’” 

In Australia, Chinese students also gathered outside a shopping mall in Brisbane, chanting “Xi Jinping Stand Down” to express their anger against the regime’s brutal virus-control measures. 

Protests are spreading across China as people express their outrage at a deadly fire that killed at least ten people in Urumqi, Xinjiang, on Thursday, sparking public anger towards Beijing’s stringent “zero-COVID” policy.

Reuters reported that in major cities and provinces such as Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Lanzhou, hundreds of people took to the streets, smashed barricades, overturned COVID testing stations, and demanded that the CCP end lockdowns.

Dan Mattingly, assistant professor of political science at Yale University, told Reuters, “This will put serious pressure on the party to respond. There is a good chance that one response will be repression, and they will arrest and prosecute some protesters.” 

In-person protests are rare in China as the CCP can impose brutal crackdowns to suppress protesters. For example, in 1989, the CCP killed ten thousand innocent students in the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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