How a fire in remote China triggered nationwide covid protests8 min read . Updated: 01 Dec 2022, 06:03 PM IST
Firefighting delays in the city of Urumqi, seen by many Chinese as related to strict pandemic controls, set off wide demonstrations against the country’s zero-Covid restrictions
As smoke crept through the 21-story apartment building in far western China, panicked messages filled the residents’ chat group. “On the 16th floor, we don’t have enough oxygen," a woman gasped in an audio message. “Soon our children won’t be OK."
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