Chinese police on Monday, November 28, tightened security to prevent further protests against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ‘s zero-covid policy.
According to Reuters, the police have been checking phones to find anyone with virtual private networks (VPN) and the Telegram app, which the regime has blocked on the internet.
VPNs help the Chinese bypass the CCP’s firewall to learn about the outside world. At the same time, Telegram is an application that allows the Chinese to communicate without being controlled by the CCP’s authorities.
Therefore, the CCP believes that the Chinese used these apps to organize protests.
The wave against CCP’s anti-virus measures surged after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Xinjiang last weekend.
The fire in Xinjiang left at least ten people dead and nine others injured. Residents believe the disaster happened because firefighters could not get inside the apartment to extinguish the fire, as the building was in lockdown following CCP’s policy.
In recent days, protests against CCP’s zero-Covid policy based on lockdown have broken out in many localities in China, including major cities such as Shanghai, Wuhan, and Beijing.
University or College students also participated in protests at campuses against CCP’s draconian anti-pandemic policy.
Reuters cited a college student in Shanghai saying, “What we object to is these restrictions on people’s rights in the name of virus prevention and the restrictions on individual freedom and people’s livelihoods.”