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Link: “Today’s Protests in China Have Been Years in the Making

Original post found at: https://jacobin.com/2022/12/protests-china-zero-covid-policy-free-speech/

I’m struggling to keep up with my feed reader again (what’s new?) but this is an interesting article about the protests in China last month, triggered by the fatal apartment block fire in Ürümqi, where residents were unable to escape because exits had been blocked as part of a Covid-19 lockdown. It talks about how tension’s been simmering, with small-scale protests taking place regularly, in China for decades.

Addendum: there is also this interview about the protests(external link), which highlights the fact that in the lead-up to the apartment block fire, there was already dissatisfaction and controversy over the exploitation (and horrible living conditions) of Chinese workers at Foxconn factories, with the fundamental assent of the Chinese government.

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