Beijing police arrested at least 3 people in their homes who had participated in a peaceful protest against China’s zero-COVID measures: report

Beijing police arrested at least 3 people in their homes who had participated in a peaceful protest against China's zero-COVID measures: report

  • At least three people were arrested in their homes in Beijing on Monday, The Straits Times reported.
  • The people were arrested after attending a Sunday protest in the capital, according to the outlet.
  • Protesters and a BBC reporter were arrested in Shanghai on Sunday after anti-government protests.

Police abducted at least three people from their homes in Beijing on Monday after they attended a peaceful protest in the Chinese capital on Sunday, according to The Straits Times.

The three people arrested had attended a protest near Beijing’s Liangma River, according to the Singapore-based newspaper. The Straits Times reported that several other people were questioned by police. Insider was unable to independently verify the report.

The arrests came after hundreds of protesters gathered on a riverside in Beijing, calling for freedom and an end to the Chinese government’s COVID-zero restrictions.

Videos posted to Twitter from the Liangma River protest on Sunday showed people holding up pieces of white paper and shouting slogans such as: “No to our leaders, yes to voting. We will not be slaves, we are citizens.”

Carrying a blank sheet of paper has emerged as a new symbol of defiance against the government. Protesters were seen holding empty placards during rallies across major cities in China over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Protests in Chinese cities have been largely peaceful, but some protesters – and a BBC reporter named Edward Lawrence – were met with violence in Shanghai.

A BBC spokesman told Insider that Lawrence was “beaten and kicked by police”.

“It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way while carrying out his duties,” the BBC spokesperson told Insider. “We have had no official explanation or apology from Chinese authorities beyond a claim by officials who later released him that they arrested him for his sake in case he caught Covid from the crowd.” .

Separately, a man known as Chen who was at a peaceful protest in Shanghai told Radio Free Asia he was grabbed and hung upside down by Chinese police before being loaded onto a bus. The man, who had joined the protest along Shanghai’s Urumqi Road, said police were moving indiscriminately through the crowd and brutalizing peaceful protesters.

Representatives from China’s international press center did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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