Chinese Rise Up Against Communist Regime’s COVID Tyranny in Biggest Mainland Protests Since Tiananmen Square Massacre

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Protests against the communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, and his regime’s draconian COVID-19 protocol, erupted in China over the weekend in what was called the “White Paper Revolution.” This is the largest uprising since 1989 when thousands of Chinese were killed by the communist regime in the Tiananmen Square protests.

Massive protests broke out in Shanghai, Beijing, and other Chinese cities, condemning the communist regime’s “zero COVID” policies. Chinese police reportedly arrested some protestors, pepper-sprayed thousands, and tried to stop demonstrations under the authoritarian surveillance state.

According to The Daily Mail, protesters in Shanghai demanded that the regime lift the lockdown in Urumqi and Xinjiang, as well as lift the lockdown throughout China.

Protesters demanded that Xi Jinping, the Chinese dictator, resign as well as the CCP’s resignation. They said, “Xi Jinping Step Down!” “CCP Step Down!”

One protester in Chongqing was attempted by police to be taken away. He declared that he would prefer death to freedom.

Newsweek reports that protestors have taken to the streets with blank white paper sheets to symbolize and decry the Chinese regime’s censoriousness. This movement has been called the “White Paper Revolution” (or the “A4 Revolution”) by many.

According to reports, a video of a woman from the Communication University of Nanjing holding a piece of paper was viral. Another person quickly took it away.

One translation of the tweet stated that “Even if they hold up a blank piece of paper, it makes them afraid.” It is not the power that blank sheets of paper have, but it is the power to awaken. It is because nothing is written …”.

CNN has previously highlighted how open defiance of regimes is “extremely rare,”, especially in countries where dissidents or perceived foes are imprisoned and tortured, enslaved, and, in some cases, thrown into concentration camps.

After three years of COVID-19 policy and decades of murderous authoritarianism, the spark that ignited the Chinese protests was a fire.

According to reports, the new lockdowns were caused by a rise in COVID-19 infection rates. An estimated 40,000 people are currently infected each day (in a country with over 1.4 billion inhabitants).

The regime is building new detention camps in certain parts of the country for the infected. For example, a new Guangzhou camp will be able to accommodate and isolate almost 250,000 people accused of COVID-19.

The new lockdowns were not well received, especially at Zhengzhou’s largest iPhone plant. Workers protested last week over pay and strict quarantine rules. According to the New York Post, they smashed surveillance cameras and windows and fought with police.

The fire that sparked protests in China was started against a background of simmering tensions and three years of punitive COVID-19 sanctions. It took place in Urumqi (the capital of Xinjiang).

Residents were forced to stay in their apartments due to the regime’s new lockdowns and zero-COVID policy. On Thursday, a fire broke out throughout the building. The Quarantine protocol was also a hindrance to first responders’ efforts, which meant they couldn’t extinguish the fire or rescue the people trapped in the inferno within the time limit.

The fire claimed the lives of at least 10 people.

ABC News Australia stated that, while China’s COVID protocols inadvertently have resulted in many casualties in recent decades, this particular fire was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Chinese police are increasing their street presence, arresting protesters across the country.

Chinese police also brutally arrested Edward Lawrence, a BBC journalist who was covering the protests. According to the BBC, Lawrence was held for several hours before being released. He was kicked and beaten by police during his arrest.

According to the AP, while some Chinese authorities have eased COVID-19 protocols in response to protests on Monday, there was no indication Beijing would abandon its overall virus mitigation strategy.

Beijing’s municipal government announced a change that would allow it to no longer barricade or fence apartment complexes containing infected persons.

Another relief was the announcement that mass testing will no longer be necessary for residents of Guangzhou.

Although Beijing did make minor efforts to address the protesters’ concerns bot accounts were used online to hijack hashtags associated with the White Paper Revolution and flood Twitter with adult content (e.g., pornographic imagery, gambling posts, advertisements for escorts).

Newsweek spoke with Jens Monrad, a cybersecurity analyst. He said that using a trending hashtag in spam campaigns could hide authentic content from protests or events. This can shift focus away or ‘drown’ vital information on social media platforms.

Monrad couldn’t confirm whether this campaign was state-backed but it would still be in the CCP’s best interest to drown out protesters’ criticisms.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, said that Zhao Lijian was wrong to refer to the anger at the regime’s pandemic policies. … We are confident that the Communist Party of China will lead the fight against COVID-19, as well as the cooperation and support of Chinese citizens.