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Police Patrol Beijing Bridge After Rare Protest Denouncing Xi

  • Photos and videos circulate of banner unfurled on bridge, fire
  • Criticism of Xi comes just days before party congress opens
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About two dozen police patrolled a busy Beijing intersection on Thursday after photos and videos circulated of a rare protest attacking Chinese President Xi Jinping, just days before a crucial Communist Party meeting. 

At least a half dozen photos and videos on social media from different angles showed two unfurled banners across the Sitong Bridge in northwestern Beijing, along with smoke rising from a fire. They took aim directly at Xi, criticizing his restrictive Covid-19 policies of lockdowns and mass testing.