Massive police presence prevents new protests in China
Thousands of people took to the streets over the weekend to protest against the rigorous measures of the zero-Covid policy in China. Security forces are now increasingly on the move in the metropolises.
massive police presence has prevented a possible resurgence of protests against the government’s tough zero-Covid policy in several Chinese cities. In the capital Beijing and in metropolises such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, security forces have been on the streets since Monday. In many cases, passers-by were stopped and had to show their mobile phones, which were checked for suspicious content or programs such as tunnel services (VPN) to circumvent Chinese censorship.
In Beijing In particular, the Liangma River promenade near the diplomatic district was secured, where hundreds had demonstrated on Sunday evening. In Shanghai, barriers had been erected on Wulumuqi Road to prevent larger crowds like at the weekend. After calls for new protests on social media, a massive police presence was also seen on People’s Square in the eastern Chinese port metropolis, as eyewitnesses described.
In protest of the zero Covid policy’s rigorous measures such as repeated lockdowns, forced quarantines, mass testing and constant control over coronaapps, thousands of people took to the streets in several cities in the People’s Republic over the weekend. In Beijing, “lift the lockdown” and “we don’t want PCR tests, we want freedom” were shouted. These were the largest protests in China since the pro-democracy movement, which the military brutally crushed in 1989.