Communist China: Angry Protests Erupt In Xinjiang After Deadly Fire

By Douglas F. Roberts, The Chicago Times

November 26, 2022

URUMQI – Angry protests over Communist China’s widening COVID-19 lockdowns have erupted across China’s far western Xinjiang region.

Angry crowds took to the streets on Friday night in Xinjiang’s capital of Urumqi shouting “End the lockdown!” while pumping their fists in unison after being angered by a deadly apartment block fire that, according to some, could have been avoided if the lock down mandate was not in place.

Videos have been posted showing crowds in a plaza protesting the brutal lockdowns imposed by the communist government, which maintains a zero COVID policy.  In the city of Urumqi the lockdowns have required 4 million residents to remain in their homes for nearly 100 days with no end in sight.

Public anger over the lockdowns erupted after a large apartment block fire in Urumqi killed 10 people Thursday night.  It has been reported that the lockdown policy imposed by the iron-fisted communist government prevented residents from escaping the deadly fire.

Urumqi officials claim the lockdowns did not prevent people from escaping, but many across the nation tired of propaganda are continuing to question the “official” narrative.

Xinjiang is home to 10 million Uyghurs.  Over the last few years, Communist China has been under investigation by human rights groups for abuses against the Muslim ethnic minority, including forced labour in internment camps.

Chinese Communist leader, Xi Jinping, defended the zero-COVID policy as life-saving and necessary to prevent overwhelming the healthcare system, and has vowed to continue the oppressive policy despite growing push back.  Communist China is known for brutally crushing protests as witnessed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in which some 350 freedom protestors were shot by the People’s Liberation Army and police.

COVID cases are on the rise in Communist China with 35,000 daily cases recorded, which is still low by global standards.

The Chinese Communist Party declined to comment on the situation.