A rare Covid protest in China
Islam News – Residents in Guangzhou took to the streets on Monday after three weeks of lockdown and food shortages.
The rare protest in China’s southern manufacturing hub reflected growing public frustration with disruptions caused by the nation’s strict “zero-Covid” policy. Many demonstrators were migrant workers working in the city’s textile industry, witnesses told The Times.
Guangzhou officials have enforced lockdowns in several districts that are home to roughly 6 million people. They put up barricades around neighborhoods where positive cases were recorded.
Some protesters tore down such fences. Videos circulating on social media showed an overturned police vehicle, ransacked food provisions and altercations between residents and health officials. It was unclear if anyone died.
Numbers: Nationwide, case counts reached 19,609 yesterday, the highest daily total in over six months.
Context: Earlier this month, a poorly managed outbreak in the world’s largest iPhone assembly complex in Zhengzhou led to a worker exodus and a delay in iPhone shipments.
Other details: In Beijing, authorities locked down Peking University after finding one recorded case, The Associated Press reports.
Source: The New York Times