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Videos Show Violent Protests in China Over Covid Lockdowns

  • Videos show protesters tussling with Covid workers in full PPE
  • Dissatisfaction with Covid Zero rising, particularly in cities
A barricade blocks off the controlled management area to contain the Covid-19 epidemic in Guangzhou on Nov. 14.

A barricade blocks off the controlled management area to contain the Covid-19 epidemic in Guangzhou on Nov. 14.

Photographer: VCG/Getty Images

China’s ongoing Covid lockdowns are fueling increasing public anger, with some residents in Guangzhou, one of the country’s biggest cities, staging rare protests against the stringent rules. 

In videos circulating on social media, hundreds of people can be seen marching in the streets and pushing over police barriers in Guangzhou’s Haizhu district, which has been in lockdown since late last month. The demonstrations took place in several “urban villages,” mainly poorer neighborhoods where migrant workers live, Hong Kong Economic Journal reported. The local government sent multiple police vehicles to the protests, according to the report.