Over the weekend, students gathered on university campuses in protest. In the streets of Beijing, people shouted, "No to COVID tests, yes to freedom." Crowds of people lifted white, unmarked pieces of paper above their heads, protesting against the zero-COVID policies that have defined so much of everyday life in China for the past three years.
Protests against COVID lockdowns are rocking China. Here’s what to know.
Protests against China's harsh COVID-19 restrictions in cities like Shanghai and Beijing erupted over the weekend. The protests follow 10 people dying in an apartment fire in Urumqi city, Xinjiang, which locals allege couldn't be extinguished as a result of virus control barriers. The demonstrations against the Chinese government mark the country's biggest protest since Tiananmen Square in 1989, but many say this year's protests were a long time coming.