China plans crackdown after Covid protests

China plans crackdown after Covid protests

China plans crackdown after Covid protests

China plans crackdown after Covid protests

Following unusual protests against Covid laws in Chinese cities

over the weekend, China’s top security agency has called for a crackdown on “hostile elements.”

Police have swarmed the now-empty protest locations, and some demonstrators claim that police have phoned them to inquire about their whereabouts.

Meanwhile, the nation’s health professionals advise that lockdowns be “established and immediately lifted.”

China has recently seen unprecedented levels of new cases.

With mass testing, quarantines, and sudden lockdowns, local authorities crack down on even minor

However, a significant police presence in China’s major cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, appears to have put a stop to additional demonstrations on Monday and Tuesday.

It was “essential to crack down on infiltration and sabotage actions by hostile forces in accordance with the law,” according to the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the ruling Communist Party, which is in charge of overseeing domestic law enforcement throughout China.

The recent demonstrations, which started after a fire broke out in a high-rise building in Urumqi

Authorities changed the local Covid policy in the southern Guangdong province on Tuesday night, allowing some close relatives of Covid cases to quarantine at home rather than in state facilities.

In other news, the UK has invited the Chinese ambassador to a meeting following the beating and brief detention of BBC journalist Ed Lawrence on Sunday while he was covering anti-government lockdown protests.

 

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