China protests – live: Dissent in Shanghai grows as authorities stand firm on Covid lockdown

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in Chinese cities calling on President Xi Jinping to step down following the government's relentless zero-Covid policy.

In an unprecedented and rare scene of dissent, several foreign journalists were arrested as police cracked down on media covering the widespread protests.

The BBC accused Chinese police of assaulting its camera operator Edward Lawrence, who was "beaten and kicked" in Shanghai late on Sunday, as Secretary of State James Cleverly said the incident was "deeply disturbing".

Sky News also reported that the team had to stop filming and stay away from the main site because it was being followed by police.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry said in a routine briefing on Monday that China was not aware of any protests overseas calling for an end to the zero-Covid policy.

China is the only major economy continuing lockdown, routine testing and quarantine measures for its citizens to fight the pandemic.

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  • Grant Shapps says there is 'no reason' for media covering the Chinese protests to be beaten up by police
  • China's foreign ministry spokesman said the country was not aware of any protests

Watch: Chinese police 'force civilians to delete photos from phones' amid anti-lockdown protests

Police in China have made people delete photos from their phones amid ongoing anti-lockdown protests, says a BBC journalist.

Ed Lawrence, who the broadcaster said was arrested and "beaten" by police, arrested officers who asked for images to be removed from devices as demonstrations against strict anti-Covid measures broke out across the country.

The protesters are demanding that the zero-Covid policy, under which strict local lockdowns can be imposed if only a few cases are found, be eased.

At least three people were arrested on November 28 amid clashes between residents and police in Shanghai.

Police in China have made people delete photos from their phones amid ongoing anti-lockdown protests, says a BBC journalist. Ed Lawrence, who the broadcaster said was arrested and "beaten" by police, arrested officers who asked for images to be removed from devices as demonstrations against strict anti-Covid measures broke out across the country. The protesters are demanding that the zero-Covid policy, under which strict local lockdowns can be imposed if only a few cases are found, be eased. At least three people were arrested on November 28 amid clashes between residents and police in Shanghai. Sign up for our newsletter.

China's Covid protests: Why are people demonstrating in Shanghai?

Rare protests broke out in China over the weekend as residents railed against the government's strict "Covid zero" policy.

The widespread demonstrations were unprecedented in the country since troops crushed a 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

But over the weekend, residents in the capitals Beijing and Shanghai took to the streets demanding an end to the harsh lockdowns.

Matt Mathers has more:

Demonstrators took to the streets in Beijing and Shanghai, with some chanting 'down with the Chinese Communist Party'. This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS. 


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