The 10 fatalities in the fire disaster in Urumqi, Xinjiang, resulted in uprisings nationwide. For the first time since the Tiananmen massacre, the Chinese were once again standing shoulder to shoulder.
The footage shows that the after-fire scene is still very haunting, although it has been cleaned up. When the fire broke out, the people inside the house were locked because of the COVID measures, making it impossible for many people to get out.
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, flowers and took to the streets to commemorate the 44 victims in Xinjiang at night.
At first, only a small number of people came, then the crowd quickly took over the street. Besides candles and flowers, many expressed their sorrow and condolence through signs and notes. A sign read, “the dead rest in peace.” Someone also hung a message on the lamppost: “My friends in Urumqi, I love you, just like I love this road, like I love my home.”
Not long after the Xinjiang incident, protests broke out across China. One of the protest scenes that went viral was in Nanjing. Two teachers from the Nanjing University of Journalism stood between the students and the officers. They were protecting student protesters from being taken away by the police.
The scene moved many people on social media. Some netizens even honored the two teachers with drawings.
After a night of protests, a district in Xinjiang decided to lift the blockade. In the video, people were cheering and clapping at the announcement.