The “White Paper Revolution” has erupted in universities across China. Chinese media Jimu News reported that China’s Harbin Institute of Technology recently switched to online classes, even chartering planes for students to return home. Currently, many universities, including Tsinghua University, have announced early holidays or switched to online learning, and actively evacuated students to their hometowns. People who know the story say that this is a CCP policy to prevent students from uniting and organizing more protests.
So far, more than 100 universities across China have launched protests against the “zero-COVID” extreme policy, including Tsinghua University, Xi’an Jiaotong University and other protest sites. Students chanted slogans such as democracy, the rule of law, and freedom. The CCP is said to be using the schools to force students to evacuate to their hometowns to avoid more protests.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted students from Shanghai and Sichuan as saying that on November 27, China’s Ministry of Education convened an emergency meeting with Party secretaries and principles of different colleges and universities across the country, requiring all universities must prevent students from connecting with each other. Li, a media worker who graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Fudan University in Shanghai, revealed that the Ministry of Education requires universities to do well in the so-called ideological work for students and took action to “clear students’ minds”, including telling students to return home to celebrate the New Year holiday early.
China’s Tsinghua University has opened 12 free transportation routes since November 29 to help students return home early. In addition to Tsinghua University, universities in some areas have also begun to require students to return home and some schools have even issued orders that “no one can stay.”
But the scale and number of Chinese student protests continued to increase. A photo shows many students gathering at the campus of Tsinghua University, to protest against extreme pandemic policies and demand freedom of speech. Photo: From @ownng13‘s Twitter.
Harbin Institute of Technology released a statement promising that the returning students would be healthy and have a normal body temperature, and asked staff to support the returning students. Photo: From Weibo