As protests against the Chinese regime’s brutal COVID-controlled measures have erupted across China, world leaders called on Beijing to respect the Chinese people’s rights.

According to Reuters, the U.S. on Monday, November 28, said it supported the right of peaceful protest of the Chinese demonstrators against COVID lockdowns.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said, “Our message to peaceful protesters around the world is the same and consistent: People should be allowed the right to assemble and to peacefully protest policies or laws or dictates that they take issue with.”

He added, “These protesters are speaking for themselves. What we are doing is making it clear that we support the right of peaceful protest.”

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the Beijing regime should listen to its people because the protests showed that they are not happy with what is happening in the country.

He said, “It’s clear that the Chinese people themselves are deeply unhappy with what is going on, about the restrictions imposed upon them by the Chinese government. 

“These are the voices of Chinese people talking to their government, and I think it’s right that the Chinese government listens to what those people are saying.”

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said that her country sent “deepest condolences” to families and friends of the Urumqi fire’s victims. 

Wong noted, “Australia strongly supports the right to freedom of expression and peaceful protest without fear of retaliation.” She called on “Chinese authorities to engage constructively with protesters and address the concerns they have raised.”

As for the U.N. human rights office, its spokesman Jeremy Laurence on Monday said that the Chinese regime should act “in line with international human rights laws and standards” regarding the protests. 

Laurence stressed, “No one should be arbitrarily detained for peacefully expressing their opinions.” 

He asked Beijing for “transparency in responding to public concerns” to calm the protests.

However, the Chinese regime seems to ignore the messages as its foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed that the Chinese people need to cooperate and support its fight against COVID. 

Protests are spreading across China as people express their outrage against Beijing’s stringent “zero-COVID” policy, triggered by a deadly fire that killed at least ten people in Urumqi on Thursday.

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