It isn’t often that we find the Chinese people willing to stand up against their government, but, at some point, enough is enough.
Beijing has long held a reputation for brutal oppression, and a willingness to simply ignore the humanity of their citizens outright…particularly as it pertains to anti-government voices.
That’s what is making the latest uprising in China so remarkable.
Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for China’s powerful leader to resign, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in at least eight cities struggled to suppress demonstrations Sunday that represent a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party.
Police using pepper spray drove away demonstrators in Shanghai who called for Xi Jinping to step down and an end to one-party rule, but hours later people rallied again in the same spot. Police again broke up the demonstration, and a reporter saw protesters under arrest being driven away in a bus.
The demonstrations were vast and visceral.
The protests — which began Friday and have spread to cities including the capital, Beijing, and dozens of university campuses — are the most widespread show of opposition to the ruling party in decades.Advertisement - story continues below
In a video of the protest in Shanghai verified by The Associated Press, chants against Xi, the most powerful leader since at least the 1980s, and the Chinese Communist Party sounded loud and clear: “Xi Jinping! Step down! CCP! Step down!”
China has long been working under a “Zero COVID” policy, in which entire cities and towns can be locked down indefinitely and without regard for the reality of the human condition.