Catching the mainland spirit, several people in Hong Kong marched down the streets on Monday, November 28, to protest against the “zero-COVID” policies. Protests in Hong Kong are rare after a police crackdown that followed the communist regime’s national security bill in 2020. 

According to Bloomberg, dozens of demonstrators emerged in the city’s Central District at around 7:40 p.m. local time. The people picked up from other major cities and staged blank placards to mock the government’s “zero-COVID” policies. 

Some protesters also brought flowers and candles to hold small vigils for the victims of the deadly fire in Urumqi.

The news agency did not report how long the demonstration took place and whether it was later subdued by police. But according to DW journalist Phoebe Kong, law enforcement showed up just 1.5 hours later and rounded up the area. In the footage she showed, public cleaners were gathering flowers and white paper into trash bags.

The Associated Press reported that no one was detained.

A small protest also broke out on the same day at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. AP News said 50 students joined in, who covered their faces to avoid reprisals. Together, they chanted, “No PCR tests but freedom!” and “Oppose dictatorship, don’t be slaves!”

The students also sang the Les Misérables song “Do You Hear the People Sing?” with others holding banners that read “Do Not Fear. Do Not Forget. Do Not Forgive.”

The scene was filmed by university security officers, but no police officers were spotted.

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