These are the biggest protests against Chinese government policy since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests—the government seems to be meeting some of the protestors' demands to lift government imposed covid restrictions.


Daria Impiombato and Vicky Xiuzhong Xu writing in the Strategist make the following points:
  • Activists used AirDrop (until Apple stopped its Chinese organisational use) to share information without using the internet.
  • Protests occurred at Tsinghua University (China’s Harvard) the breeding ground for CCP leaders and Xi Jinping’s alma
  • ater.
  • Police would have expected the protests and been prepared.
  • Covid restrictions and anger over the death of locked down people in a building fire a catalyst.
  • The scale of the protests totally unexpected.


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