Hundreds in Vancouver express their condolences to China’s COVID protests

VANCOUVER — Hundreds of people have gathered in Vancouver in sympathy for the rare protests sweeping across China in response to the country’s harsh zero-COVID lockdown policy.

VANCOUVER — Hundreds of people have gathered in Vancouver in sympathy for the rare protests sweeping across China in response to the country’s harsh zero-COVID lockdown policy.

Protesters outside the Vancouver Art Gallery Sunday evening also mourned the deaths of at least 10 people in an apartment fire in the Xinjiang region, which critics blame on anti-virus controls that have confined millions of people to their homes in China.

Protesters lit candles and held up blank sheets of paper in what has become a Chinese symbol of dissent.

The crowd chanted slogans in English and Mandarin against the Chinese Communist Party and called on President Xi Jinping to resign.

Protests erupted in at least 10 Chinese cities over the weekend, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou, on a scale that is highly unusual.

Xi’s government is facing mounting anger over its zero-COVID policy that has closed access to areas across China in a bid to isolate each case at a time when other countries are easing controls.

— by Nono Shen in Vancouver, with files from The Associated Press

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 28, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial support of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

The Canadian Press

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