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Anti-Xi Slogans in Rare Beijing Protest Spread Within China

  • Phrases appear in at least seven cities, dissident group says
  • Public criticism of Xi comes at sensitive political moment
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Slogans attacking President Xi Jinping featured on banners draped by a lone protester over a Beijing bridge last week have since spread to other Chinese cities and across the globe, as censors on the mainland continue to ban any reference to the event.

Phrases from the original handwritten banners criticized the strict lockdowns and restrictions that have defined Xi’s Covid Zero policy, while also calling for the president’s removal in favor of elections. “We want food, not PCR tests. We want freedom, not lockdowns and controls. We want respect, not lies,” one of the banners read.