China stems protests, but resistance remains

China stems protests, but resistance remains
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Islam News – In the days since a wave of demonstrations washed over China, the police have been out in force to prevent a resurgence, and the mass protests have subsided.

But a low-key hum of resistance against the authorities has persisted, suggesting that the big rallies emboldened a small but significant number of people, including students, professionals and blue-collar workers.

In central China, students chanted demands for more transparency about Covid rules, while avoiding the bold slogans that riled the Communist Party a week earlier. In Shanghai, residents successfully negotiated with the local authorities to stop a lockdown of their neighborhood. And despite pressure from officials, a team of volunteer lawyers across China continues to field anxious calls from protesters.

Takeaway: None of those local acts amount to a major challenge to China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and the Communist Party. But they suggest that residents are less afraid of challenging officialdom, albeit in measured, tactical ways.

Solidarity abroad: Protesters who oppose the Chinese government for various reasons — like the crushing of democracy in Hong Kong, the threat to Taiwan, and China’s persecution of Uyghurs in its Xinjiang region — hope to find common cause with the Covid protesters.

Source: The New York Times

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