- The warning did not mention protesters directly but comes amid unprecedented demonstrations.
- Anger over COVID-19 lockdowns has widened to calls for political change.
- China is the world’s last major economy still wedded to a zero-COVID policy.
A deadly fire last week in Urumqi, the capital of the northwestern region of Xinjiang, was the catalyst for the outrage, with protesters taking to the streets in cities around China.
Policemen (in yellow) in China’s biggest city, Shanghai, on 29 November 2022. Source: Getty, AFP / Hector Retamal
A broad effort by police to stop passersby taking pictures of the site of the protest also appeared to have been tapered down, the reporter added, with one officer telling AFP that it “depends on the nature of the photo” but that there was no blanket ban in place.
Some rallies did go ahead elsewhere on Monday and Tuesday, however.
Epidemic control workers disinfecting an area on the Liangma River in Beijing, China. The government remanis committed to its zero-COVID policy. Source: Getty / Kevin Frayer
While China’s leaders are committed to zero-COVID, there have been some signs that central authorities may be seeking a path out of the rigid policy.
However, it did not suggest a change in policy was imminent.
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