The Chinese are no longer willing to comply with the harsh Zero Covid policy that their government is implementing. Protests exploded across Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Nanjing and many other cities as people called for the resignation of President Xi Jinping and the downfall of the entire Chinese Communist Party. This is perhaps the largest public display of civil unrest since the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989.
A fire gutted a building in Xinjiang, but people are trapped inside after being in lockdown for more than 100 days. Ten people died. There was a delay in getting the fire under control due to pandemic restrictions, and this seemed to be the last straw.
Small demonstrations and protests happen from time to time, but the CCP quickly quashed any large-scale protest in the past. This challenge comes with a significant penalty that largely prevents such acts from occurring. However, you can only push people away. In “The Prince,” Machiavelli wrote, “It is better to be feared than loved, if one cannot be both.” People initially thought their government was protecting them from the pandemic, but now they see that it is simply not the case. People may fear the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party, but they fear more than months into the end of the lockdown.