China’s Covid policy didn’t have to end in riot and protest. This is why it did | Stephen Reicher

On Thursday 24 November, a fire broke out on the 15th floor of an apartment block in Urumqi, capital of the western Chinese province of Xinjiang. At least 10 people died, all from the minority Uyghur community. Outrage grew at the fact that the deaths were entirely avoidable, caused by China’s draconian Covid lockdown policy. … Read more

From blank paper to alpacas: how protesters in China are voicing their anger – video

The largest protests in a generation erupted in cities across China over the weekend against the government’s zero-Covid policy.  The most widely used symbol in the demonstrations has been a blank sheet of paper. It symbolises censorship, and may also, some Twitter users pointed out, be read as a reference to the deaths last week … Read more

Awkward silence: China official speechless after question on protests – video

China’s foreign ministry has defended the Communist party’s zero-Covid policy amid rare protests within the country. The foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, paused for a long time when asked by a reporter if China would reconsider the policy given people’s widespread ‘anger and frustration’. He eventually asked for the question to be repeated and then … Read more

Hong Kong residents show support for mainland China Covid protests – video

Dozens of protesters gathered in Hong Kong in solidarity with anti-lockdown demonstrations in mainland China. The protest was held to commemorate the 10 people who died in a fire in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang region, and show solidarity with the protests that took place over the weekend in cities across China against stringent Covid-19 measures. Hong … Read more

‘Xi Jinping, step down!’: anti-lockdown protests spread across China – video

Demonstrations have broken out in cities and university campuses across China amid widespread anger at Covid lockdowns. The wave of civil disobedience was triggered by an apartment fire on Friday in which at least 10 people died in the west Xinjiang region. In an unusually bold act that appeared to indicate the level of people’s … Read more

Rare unrest in Chinese city of Guangzhou as people protest over Covid restrictions – video

Protesters poured on to the streets of the southern Chinese city in a rare demonstration against strict Covid-19 restrictions.  Video circulating on social media shows crowds of people marching through the Haizhu district, breaking Covid barriers in noisy scenes. Cases have also been rising in other large Chinese cities, including Beijing, Chongqing and Zhengzhou. China … Read more

Mpumalanga woman shot dead, shops looted during violent electricity protest | The Citizen

A 50-year-old woman was shot dead in Vosman near Witbank (Emalahleni) during massive and violent electricity protests in the KwaGuqa Extension, Mpumalanga on Monday night. Protest over power outages Residents embarked on the unrest on Monday morning, barricading the N4 road near KG Mall with stones and burning tires because they have not had electricity … Read more

WATCH: Hundreds arrested after climate protest at Amsterdam airport | The Citizen

Dutch border police on Saturday arrested hundreds of climate activists who clambered over fences and gates at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and occupied an apron for private jets, which they said should be banned. The protesters ran onto the tarmac at around 1200 GMT before sitting in front of private planes parked on the apron, including … Read more

Thousands protest Rwanda in eastern DR Congo city | The Citizen

Thousands of anti-Rwanda protesters marched through the eastern DR Congo city of Goma on Monday, AFP journalists saw, as M23 rebels tightened their grip on the surrounding countryside.   A mostly Congolese Tutsi group, the M23 resumed fighting in late 2021 after lying dormant for years, accusing the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government of failing … Read more

Why Do All These Universities Keep Taking Right Wing Bait?

“For the 60,000 students across the UF system and the greater campus community, Sasse’s selection represents a new wave of collegiate leadership that has been shaped by the increased confluence of statewide political and academic sectors,” including DeSantis’s administration, UF student Halima Attah wrote for Teen Vogue last week. In response to intense protests from … Read more