Podcast: The protests against China’s Covid-zero policy


A fire at a residential building in Urumqi, in China’s Xinjiang region, sparked a wave of anti-government protests. Protesters accuse the zero Covid policy pursued relentlessly by Beijing, which includes barricades and blocking emergency exits, of having made it difficult for people to escape from the burning building – ten residents died.

Protests have spread across the country, with demonstrations registered in Shanghai, Beijing and universities, where one of the symbols of the acts has been the raising of blank sheets of paper. Some protesters are also calling for the resignation of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

In this Tuesday’s episode (29), Café da Manhã talks with the editor of Mundo da SheetDaigo Oliva, on the zero Covid policy, the context of the protests in China and the impacts of the demonstrations for the government in Beijing.

The audio program is published on Spotify, streaming service partner of Sheet in the initiative and which specializes in music, podcast and video. You can listen to the episode by clicking above. To access the application, just register for free.

Breakfast is published from Monday to Friday, always at the beginning of the day. The episode is presented by journalists Maurício Meireles and Angela Boldrini, with production by Jéssica Maes and Victor Lacombe. Sound editing is by Thomé Granemann.

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