Chinese students are opposed to strict detention in Beijing and are demonstrating on campus.
Hundreds of students at the prestigious Beijing University protested against the strengthening of measures against Covid. An unusual gesture of defiance in this ultra-sensitive establishment in the eyes of Chinese power. The Chinese capital has been subject to severe anti-epidemic measures since early May, with almost daily screening tests and strong incentives to work from home. Restaurants and other non-essential businesses are closed and many residences are imprisoned.
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Although a metropolis with more than 20 million inhabitants has recorded only a thousand cases in recent weeks, the communist regime remains committed to its zero Covid policy, presented as a success given the millions of deaths. world. More than 300 students, trapped for a week in their dormitories, demonstrated on Sunday night at the Wanliu campus, one of the sites of the vast Beijing University, said several students, who demanded anonymity for fear of punishment. In the videos, the content of which was verified by the AFP agency, we can see students repeating passwords and shouting at a university representative. The students have just torn down a fence that the university has built to prevent them from leaving their dormitories and ordering food. “Everyone was very upset when the palisade was installed”the student testified on Monday.
The university is the birthplace of the Tiananmen protests
The deputy director of the university finally addressed the demonstrators with a megaphone and challenged them “join [leur] quiet dormitory ”, based on a video posted by a student. The university authorities then promised to allow students to join the main school campus and have food delivered. “You must do what the government says and have all your freedoms taken away”, commented for an AFP student. Contacted, company management “Beida”as they are nicknamed the University of Beijing, declined the qualification of “demonstration”simply referring to “Students who have expressed their requests”. The prestigious university was the cradle of Tiananmen Democracy’s demonstrations in 1989, which were to end in a bloodbath on the night of June 3-4, 1989. As such, it remains monitored by power like milk on fire. “Today we saw the protest tradition of Beida students rise from the ashes”greeted the user on the social network Weibo, in a comment promptly censored.
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The government does not give up zero covide
Dissatisfaction is also evident in Shanghai, the country’s most populous city, with a population of 25 million in quarantine since early April. In an effort to give residents some hope, the authorities announced reopening on Sunday “in stages” shopping. A prospect that will not change anything for the millions of people who are still trapped in their homes or in quarantine centers. “I have no hope” to reopen soon, the restorer told AFP on condition of anonymity. “Why do people still believe in these things? They have been making fun of us every day since April 1st.. After exceeding 25,000 daily cases at the end of April, Shanghai cut its balance to less than a thousand new infections on Monday. China’s economic capital has also recorded nearly 600 deaths since mid-March. Even if these numbers remain minimal compared to the rest of the world, the communist regime remains true to its zero Covid strategy, despite its economic costs and growing unpopularity.