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CNN: Protests erupt across China in unprecedented challenge to Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid policy 

Beijing CNN — Protests are erupting across China, including at universities and in Shanghai where hundreds chanted “Step down, Xi Jinping! Step down, Communist Party!” in an unprecedented show of defiance against the country’s stringent and increasingly costly zero-Covid policy. 

A deadly fire at an apartment block in the country’s far western region of Xinjiang that killed 10 people and injured nine on Thursday appears to have fueled the anger, as video emerged that seemed to suggest lockdown measures delayed firefighters from reaching the victims. 

Protests broke out in cities and at universities across China on Saturday and early Sunday morning, according to social media videos and witness accounts. 

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WNU Editor: Everyone I know in China is fed-up with the restrictions. This unrest is now quickly morphing into a challenge to Beijing’s authority, and Beijing is responding as such. this is unfortunate. The debate should be focused on the handling and treatment of Covid. 

Growing Unrest In China Over Zero-Covid Restrictions  

Crowds angered by lockdowns call for China’s Xi to step down — AP

Shanghai protesters, police jostle as anger over China’s COVID curbs mounts — Reuters

Anti-lockdown protests spread in China as anger rises over zero-Covid strategy — The Guardian 

Crowds protest strict COVID policies in China: ‘Xi Jinping! Step down!’ — The Hill

Anti-zero-COVID demos gain momentum in China — DW

 ‘Communist Party, step down!’: Rare protests in China as anger grows over zero-COVID policy and a fatal fire — SKY News 

China Covid: Shocking protests are huge challenge for China’s leaders — BBC 

Unrest spreads in China against zero-COVID policy in challenge to Beijing — Politico