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In major cities on Monday and Tuesday, police flooded the sites of protests that took place over the weekend, when thousands gathered to vent their anger over the country’s tough zero-Covid policy — some calling for greater democracy and freedom in an extraordinary show of dissent against Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
China’s health authorities on Tuesday blamed local governments for their handling of coronavirus outbreaks as Beijing distanced itself from the crisis after unprecedented protests against President Xi Jinping and his Zero-Covid policy, The FT reports:
The National Health Commission reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to the Zero-Covid measures and pledged to boost vaccination rates among the elderly, a day after police and security forces appeared to have stamped out demonstrations across at least 18 cities.
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