After large-scale protests broke out in Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, and Urumqi the wave of protests continued to spread across China. On November 26, protests broke out in Shanghai, Beijing, and universities across the country. On November 27, people in Wuhan, where the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in China, also protested.
A video caption said that in the ancient city of Hankou, Wuhan, people gathered on the lower floors of a residential area and shouted, “Lift the lockdown, we want to live.”
Residents forced the gate and people rushed out.
On Zhongshan Avenue in Wuhan, people used bicycles to block the road and someone in the crowd can be heard shouting, “I want to be free.”
Several videos posted on the Internet (3 videos) show crowds of people marching to Hanzheng Street, the most prosperous street in the city, tearing down the corrugated iron quarantine walls and nucleic acid checkpoints along the way.
A large number of police arrived at the scene. When it got dark, people still confronted the police.
According to Sound of Hope, tens of thousands of people gathered on Hanzheng Street, and people from Hongshan District and Jiangxia District also took to the streets in protest.
According to a video, there were a lot of people and a large number of policemen formed a wall to block the crowd.
In a video, a resident angrily asked the police, “Why are you hitting people? You are policemen, your duty is to protect us, is it wrong for us to do that? You hit people, do you still have a conscience?”
The owner of a clothing store on Hanzheng Street in Wuhan said on the evening of November 27 that protests broke out on Hanzheng Street and merchants chanted slogans demanding an end to the lockdown. Then the merchants also spontaneously marched, tearing down the wall along the way. This person also said, “The surrounding residents and merchants all joined together. There were over tens of thousands of people, including thousands of residents.”
The owner said that the secretary of Qiaokou District, Wuhan, and an anti-riot team of more than 200 people went to the protest site and told the merchants to send representatives to negotiate with them. However, both sides were at an impasse.
It is known that Hubei was locked down four times this year in March, August, September, and October, for a total of more than 40 days.
Protests spread to Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai, there were ‘anti-dictatorship‘ chants
In addition to Wuhan, Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai all have gatherings of different sizes. People chanted, “Need human rights,” “No need for lifelong probation,” “Anti-dictatorship,” and “Long live the people!”
According to a video, a large number of people gathered at Wangping Street, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, on the evening of November 27. The slogans they chanted included, “Free speech”, “Better to die without freedom” and many more. The crowd packed the streets and “Chengdu” appeared on banners.
In Beijing, about 1,000 students protested at Tsinghua University during the day and chanted slogans such as “democracy, the rule of law and free speech.” In the evening, crowds and police also appear by the Liangma Bridge, where people often go for a walk. Some held blank sheets of white paper to protest, while others placed flowers by the river and lit many candles in memory of the victims of the recent fire in Urumqi.
As of about 3 a.m. on November 28, it was reported that the protests in Beijing had dispersed, with some expressing that they no longer dared to raise their phones to take photos and videos for fear of being threatened by the police.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that, in a wave of protests that began on November 26 in Beijing, the white paper was an expression of anger at a lack of free speech. During the height of the “anti-extradition” protests in Hong Kong in 2020, local activists also held blank sheets of paper to avoid slogans banned by the National Security Law.
According to Vision Times, at Wu Lu Mu Qi Road, Shanghai, after paying tribute to the victims of the fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang and the late night protests on November 26, the crowd gathered on the afternoon of the November 27 and shouted “release the people!” to express the injustice to those arrested by the police for protesting. Around 5 p.m, the police set up barricades, blocking the road, and prohibited passersby from taking pictures and filming.
On the evening of November 27, social networks reported that many protesters in Shanghai were forcibly taken away by police or plainclothes police. The road marker “Wu Lu Mu Qi” at the protest site was also taken down.