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'Down with the Chinese Communist Party': Shanghai witnesses anti-Covid protests after fire kills 10 Shanghai protest
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'Down with the Chinese Communist Party': Shanghai witnesses anti-Covid protests after fire kills 10

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Nov 2022, 12:44 pm

Shanghai/IBNS: Protests rocked Shanghai early on Sunday, as residents in several Chinese cities, angered by a deadly fire in the country's far west, protested against heavy COVID-19 restrictions nearly three years into the pandemic.

A fire on Thursday killed 10 people in a high-rise building in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region.

The incident has sparked widespread public anger as many internet users concluded that residents could not escape in time since the building was partially locked down, which city officials denied.

In Shanghai, China's most populous city and financial hub, residents gathered on Saturday night at the city's Wulumuqi Road for a vigil that turned into a protest in the early hours of Sunday.

"Lift lockdown for Urumqi, lift lockdown for Xinjiang, lift lockdown for all of China!" the crowds in Shanghai shouted, according to a video circulated on social media.

At one point a large group began shouting, "Down with the Chinese Communist Party, down with Xi Jinping, free Urumqi!", according to reports.

This is a rare public protest against the Chinese leadership.

A large group of police looked on and sometimes tried to break up the crowd.

China is battling a surge in infections that has prompted lockdowns and other restrictions in cities across the country.