Protests in China over Covid restrictions: Police in Shanghai drag and detain demonstrators

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Police in Shanghai on Sunday (November 27) dragged and detained demonstrators who were protesting strict coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the news agency Reuters reported. Protesters were seen singing the national anthem as they gathered in the streets of Shanghai. 

China has been marred by rare protests against Covid measures that are part of the nation’s strict zero-Covid policy. Police face the unusual task of maintaining law and order as people express anger over recent restrictions. 

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Amid the protests, demonstrators were seen clashing with the police in Shanghai on Sunday as the protests continued for a third day, further spreading to several cities. This comes after the deadly apartment fire in the country’s far west. 

On Thursday, a fire at a residential high-rise building in the city of Urumqi, reportedly led to the death of at least 10 people. Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang region. 

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China has implemented stringent policies, including lockdowns, mass testing, etc. in order to curb the spread of the deadly virus, which was first reported in China in late 2019. 

Now, nearly three years into the pandemic, the authorities in China are still imposing the zero-Covid policy that has caused frustration among people. 

Besides Shanghai, protesters also took to the streets in the cities of Wuhan and Chengdu on Sunday. Peaceful vigils were held in Beijing. unkindwhile, the students on several university campuses around China demonstrated over the weekend. 

(With inputs from agencies) 

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