On the evening of September 28, many Zhengzhou University students gathered on campus to protest and call for an end to the prolonged lockdown.
Even though there weren’t any COVID confirmed cases in Zhengzhou, many colleges and universities in the city have adhered to China’s “zero-COVID” policy. Ongoing student protests thus have continuously occurred due to various strict closure and control measures and long-term lockdowns.
On the morning of September 28, some students created a so-called “shouting group from buildings” on Wechat. They called on students to shout together from their dormitory buildings from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. that day.
Refusing the initial proposal, several students went straight downstairs to protest, demanding the lockdown be lifted.
In one video, protesting students asked the school staff: “Faculty and staff can freely enter and leave the campus, why can’t students?” The surrounding students also shouted, “unblock.”
Starting in the afternoon of the 28th, students gathered on the campus one after another. Many more people subsequently flocked to the campus.
Then, a large-scale protest broke out, with the words “unblock” can be heard several times in the videos.
Some students revealed that the school temporarily lifted the lockdown after the protest.
Zhengzhou University students vented on Weibo about the school’s anti-pandemic policies and measures. Some even asked about the significance of closing the school.
“We should have done all the nucleic acid tests, and we should also wear masks, is it still necessary to remove a lung? This kind of one-size-fits-all, formalism, bureaucracy is really disgusting.”
“School prices are really expensive, and consumption is comparable to that of first-tier cities.”