There have been massive protests against the corona measures in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang. “End the lockdown,” the crowd chanted in the streets, according to videos posted to social media Friday night.
China has imposed one of the longest lockdowns in Xinjiang due to the new corona wave. Many of the four million inhabitants in the provincial capital of Urumqi, are not allowed to leave their home for up to 100 days. About 100 new corona cases have been added in the city in the past two days. The number of infections in the People’s Republic has risen recently, making it less likely that the strict zero-Covid policy will be relaxed any time soon.
People locked in buildings?
The protests were provoked by a fire in a skyscraper in Urumqi. It broke out on Thursday evening, killing ten people. Opinion spread on social networks that the building was partially locked and many residents were unable to escape in time as a result. At a hastily convened press conference on Saturday, city officials said the Corona measures had not hindered the escape and rescue.
About ten million Uighurs live in Xinjiang. Human rights organizations and Western governments accuse China of oppressing the Muslim minority.
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