Protesters in China demand Xi Jinping step down | DW News

Unrest is growing in China over the country’s strict COVID-19 measures. Fresh protests have broken out in major cities, with hundreds rallying at Beijing’s elite Tsing-hua University, chanting ‘we want freedom.’ Many also held up blank sheets of paper in a symbolic protest against state censorship. More demonstrations have also been reported in Shanghai, following clashes with police overnight. Public anger has flared after a deadly apartment block fire, with many blaming an ongoing lockdown for hampering rescue efforts. Chinese officials have defended their zero-covid policiy, despite the growing public backlash.

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