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Angry Protests Spread Across China as Xi Jinping Faces 'Step Down' Chants

Newsweek 11/27/2022 Anders Anglesey
This frame grab from eyewitness video footage made available via AFPTV on November 27, 2022 shows demonstrators shouting slogans as police hold their positions, in Shanghai. Demostrators called on Xi Jinping to step down. © Getty This frame grab from eyewitness video footage made available via AFPTV on November 27, 2022 shows demonstrators shouting slogans as police hold their positions, in Shanghai. Demostrators called on Xi Jinping to step down.

Angry protests are spreading across China with people seen chanting for President Xi Jinping to "step down."

Thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in Shanghai, China's largest city, and the capital Beijing amid the government's intensely restrictive zero-COVID policy.

Demonstrators also gathered in Ürümqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, after a deadly fire on November 24 where at least 10 people died.

Residents inside the apartment building were reportedly slowed from leaving the building due to China's strict enforcement of the zero-COVID policy.

In videos shared on social media protesters were seen chanting slogans including "Xi Jinping, step down" and "Communist Party, step down."

According to Reuters, residents in Shanghai gathered at Wulumuqi Road, named after Xinjiang's capital, on Saturday for a candlelight vigil that then turned into a protest early on Sunday.

During the protest, the crowd could be seen holding blank sheets of paper - a protest symbol against the censorship that dominates China.

The news agency reported that people chanted: "Down with the Chinese Communist Party, down with Xi Jinping."

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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