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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.

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    People are pouring into the streets in China to protest COVID lockdowns. It's a rare moment of mass dissent, and experts say it's a demonstration to Xi — and the world.

    People are pouring into the streets in China to protest COVID lockdowns. It's a rare moment of mass dissent, and experts say it's a demonstration to Xi — and the world.

    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.

    ANTI-COVID PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS CHINA

    Unlike many other countries, China has continued to pursue a strategy that aims to completely eliminate COVID-19, including strict entry requirements and shutting down cities with populations in their millions when just a few cases are discovered. The policy has resulted in rare mass protests across the country.

    HOW IT ALL BEGAN

    PROTESTS ALSO ERUPT AT APPLE’S LARGEST IPHONE FACTORY

    Videos on social media appeared to show hundreds of workers clashing with security guards at Apple's biggest iPhone-making factory in China, as discontent erupted over draconian COVID-19 measures at the plant. Zhengzhou, a city in east-central China, would be largely locked down from Friday until Tuesday amid a surge of COVID-19 infections.

    THE GOVERNMENT DOUBLES DOWN ON ITS ‘ZERO COVID’ POLICY

    PROTESTORS HAVE PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS ON THEIR SIDE

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