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Massive protests in Xinjiang against Covid curbs after deadly fire in China building

Sean Lee, who lives in Beijing, told that the Urumqi fire has troubled everyone in the country. Videos posted online show people singing the Chinese national anthem.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Shanghai: Corona virus is spreading rapidly in China. On 26 November, 39,791 new cases of COVID-19 were registered. China’s National Health Commission said that of the total cases, 3,709 were symptomatic and 36,082 were asymptomatic. The government here has imposed a lockdown in many cities under the Zero Covid policy, against which people are taking to the streets. Many videos are going viral on social media, in which it is clearly visible how people are opposing government policies.

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10 people died in a fire in an apartment in Xinjiang, China. After this the anger of the people exploded. Protesters claimed that ten people lost their lives because of the strict Covid restrictions that made rescue difficult. At least 10 people have died in a fire at an apartment building in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region. Strict restrictions have been imposed in the capital Beijing to prevent infection, protests are already being held here.

At midnight, a large number of protesters gathered on Urumqi Road. He had come to pay tribute to those who died on 24 November, taking flowers and candles with him. Here the police took action against the protesters using pepper spray.

According to the report of the news agency Reuters, in the video that went viral on social media, people are shown protesting against the anti-Covid policy on the streets of Urumqi. Several videos claim that strict COVID-19 measures hampered rescue operations and that residents could not escape in time as the building was partially closed.

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The protesters raised slogans of ‘end the lockdown’. News agency AP reported that people alleged that due to the restrictions, relief work could not be done, which made the fire worse. It took about three hours for the emergency service to extinguish the fire. Officials in Urumqi held a press conference on Saturday to refute those allegations. It added that there were no barricades in the building and residents were allowed to leave.

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China has put 10 million Uighurs at home in the greater Xinjiang region under the longest lockdown. Many of Urumqi’s four million residents have been barred from leaving their homes for up to 100 days. Sean Lee, who lives in Beijing, told Reuters: “The Urumqi fire has upset everyone in the country. Videos posted online show people singing the Chinese national anthem. ‘Arise, you who refuse to be slaves’ and others were shouting that they want to be free from the lockdown.

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