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Protesters angered by lockdowns calls for China's Xi to step down

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If chinese people used the mask and followed the sanitary measures, the confinement would be lifted sooner, the same disobedient people are looking for their consequences..

Lord Xi Jinping will effectively suppress the protests..

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The CCP created this mess. There is no trustworthy authority in the eye of Chinese people. The WHO was politicised, western vaccines is politised (dissed by the government, so the government has lost credibility) and health professionals are too scared to go off script (even to save lives). No one to trust.

Only after the population has been effectively vaccinated with effective vaccines will China be able to end lockdowns.

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Lord Xi Jinping will effectively suppress the protests..

The deification of a political leader says a lot about how easy it has been to control the minds of some extremists. Xi Jingping and Putin, both called 'lord' by some are flesh and blood humans with zero regard for humanity. Being narcissistically impaired, having great wealth and being backed by nuclear weapons does not make a human a god to be worshipped.

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Could be a revolution. Here's hoping! Just need the Russians to show such courage.

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More power to then viva la revolution. Hopefully the same will happen nextdoor in Russia too!

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Martial Law or War against Taiwan ... place your bets.

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Martial Law or War against Taiwan ... place your bets.

Some in Taiwan may be questioning their vote over the weekend.

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God's speed to those protesters

Lord Xi Jinping will effectively suppress the protests..

Lord Xi Jinping and Lord Putin will be removed from power soon.

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Xi or Mao the 2nd is almost gone. But what a legacy. He has destroyed China in only one decade, Hongkong also into the bargain.

the man is a megalomaniac.

he will be gone before the end of 2022

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Wonder if the CCP will now pull the anti-Japan card to get the people off their backs, as they have done before. Perhaps this time that won't be enough and they will pull the anti-USA card. Or maybe speed up their invasion of Taiwan. The CCP will act to maintain control over the people and country at all costs.

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The geographic and demographic distribution of the protests makes them the biggest threat to CCP rule in 32 years.

I wish them success as their demands are not only inalienable human rights - they’re supposedly rights enshrined in the Chinese Constitution.

As we all know, there is no floor on how low the CCP will go to maintain its grip on power including unleashing the army on civilians. So I am tempering my hopes.

Yet hope springs eternal even in a jaded soul such as mine.

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On tv last night:

citizens trying to leave their own apartments while exchanging punches with some 20 officials wearing hazmat suits in the stairways. Believe it or not this is what many people in the West want for themselves.

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citizens trying to leave their own apartments while exchanging punches with some 20 officials wearing hazmat suits in the stairways. Believe it or not this is what many people in the West want for themselves.

You know that is emphatically not true so why do you post such nonsense?

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As we all know, there is no floor on how low the CCP will go to maintain its grip on power including unleashing the army on civilians. So I am tempering my hopes.

I sometimes wonder if the PLA would obey an order to go against their own people? This isn't 1979 or 1980. The PLA as a faction of the CCP has been aligned against Xi Jinping. Indeed the PLA attempted a coup against Xi in 2017 when it became obvious at the beginning of his second term as General Secretary and PRC President that he was not grooming a successor to replace him at the conclusion of his second term. I have to think the outcome of the most recent Party Congress last October has only further enraged them. Ordering the PLA to the streets of Chinese cities might just be what drives them to mutiny and turn on Xi. From there who knows what happens? Military rule? Civil war?

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I wish them success as their demands are not only inalienable human rights - they’re supposedly rights enshrined in the Chinese Constitution.

They once were, but after the 1980 uprising those rights were removed from the PRC Constitution, replaced with words obliging the people to obey the laws and the CCP.

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@Desert Tortoise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04lqqPPIPgU

Paid actors I assume

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Martial Law or War against Taiwan ... place your bets.

Neither. The PLA Generals so hate Xi Jinping I do not think they would follow such orders either way. I also wonder if in this more informed age the average Chinese soldier would be willing to shoot their own. Armies have turned on dictators in the past when faced with having to kill their own people. Xi may not want to ask that of the PLA. As for invading Taiwan, China would have done so by now if they thought they could prevail. The fact is they can't. I think the Generals would tell Xi that he's nuts and refuse.

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Dessert,

I defer to your knowledge of the PLA specifically and Chinese politics in general as I’m more of an area specialist.

However, I do think there is a certain “certainty” (for institutions anyway) in documentation of obligations. As you are no doubt aware, the PLA swears Allegiance to the CCP, not to the People’s Republic.

I personally am rather dubious at this point of the potential for the PLA to refuse orders.

But I would love for you to be right and me to be wrong. I would happily cop to my error in judgment on a daily basis.

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Scenes coming in online of brave citizens standing up to scum Chinese police. I hope the momentum builds and police and public servants all across China come under relentless attack. It is pretty clear Xi's time is up. Stand down or be remembered as the most despised leader since evil, sick Mao.

In authoritarian nations, sadly millions have to fight - and many die - to obtain freedom and human rights. These cannot be achieved at the ballot box.

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The anti-government protesters are singing the 'Internationale'. Oh boy. Hey, wake up! That's like the residents of the Warsaw Ghetto singing the Horst Wessel Lied as the Germans move in.

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Imagine how angry those cooped up Chinese people must feel when they’re watching the World Cup and nobody in the audience is wearing a mask.

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Resistance is futile. Is it? We shall see.

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People are rightly tired of getting poked in the nose and tested every other day in large cities. People want to enjoy more social and economic freedom. The problem for the government is that it has extolled Zero Covid Policy as a big win for the Chinese people and the CCP. Major adjustments need to be made. It's unfortunate that China has not been able to manufacture or license mRNA vaccines.

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where some have been locked in their homes for four months

I would go postal.

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. Being narcissistically impaired, having great wealth and being backed by nuclear weapons does not make a human a god to be worshipped.

You hear that, Vlad? And the same goes for your pet Donald. Yeah, I'm talking to YOU GUYS too - Xi and Kimbo! Listen up!

MoonrakerToday  07:43 am JST

Could be a revolution. Here's hoping! Just need the Russians to show such courage.

Communism fell in Eastern Europe in late 1989. And this virus is one thing the CCP cannot control.

Kobe White Bar OwnerToday  07:46 am JST

More power to then viva la revolution. Hopefully the same will happen nextdoor in Russia too!

Trump, Putin (who put him in power), Xi, Kim, hopefully all these dictator crumb bums will fall like dominoes, the sooner the better.

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The people of China are speaking up. Their underlying sentiment is for real democracy and ending the rule of both Jinping Xi and the CCP itself. Jinping should follow the wishes of the people and it would be the best thing he can do to encourage Taiwan unifying with China.

Unfortunately for Chinese people Jinping is not a smart man, he is an ambitious man. He cares nothing for the people only for his own place in history which is looking grim right now. He seems to forget he wont get to write his own history, that will be done in the years, decades and centuries after his death and he will not be looked upon fondly or as a good leader.

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I wonder if it comes to a point where the great majority of Chinese simply refuse to comply with the rules? What can the CCP do if three quarters or more of the population simply refuses to obey them?

And obtw, you have to think that at least a proportion of government workers sympathize with the protesters. Their government is not that uniform. No organization is. Even the most rigid religions have factions within and so does the Chinese government. What happens if, for example, the current leaders Jiang's Shanghai faction or Hu's Communist Youth League faction come out and tell the Chinese that Xi has to go and they should resist their rules? Just thinking out loud ........

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Lord Xi Jinping will effectively suppress the protests..

The biggest threat to the Chinese system is not a foreign power. The thing that could bring down the Chinese government in the foreseeable future is its own leadership

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People are understandably desperate, outdated, unnecessary measures are being used by the CCP in China only because they are better for the control of the people, meanwhile countries have demonstrated that an effective control of the pandemic can be done with vaccines, treatment and social distancing measures without having to use counterproductive lockdowns. The excuse that the zero covid policy is the only way to keep the pandemic from causing uncountable deaths is too obviously invalid, not only because other countries have demonstrated it so, but also because in China the measures themselves are the ones creating deaths that are just being hidden, together with those caused by covid.

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It isn't just COVID. There are 20 other things each adding to unhappy Chinese citizens.

They've been told that COVID is being handled 1000x better than everywhere else in the world, but then the World Cup shows all the stands full with nobody wearing masks. The CCP has been claiming that everywhere else in the world, people are dying from COVID. While technically true, it is just those with complicated health issues who haven't been vaccinated and boosted at this point.

Plus, there was a big fire in an apartment building that was under lockdown and Chinese emergency services refused to let anyone out. 10 people died, including children. The neighboring residents all marched to the local police/govt offices and surrounded them. They were extremely unhappy after hearing the cries of the trapped people who weren't allowed out. The video and protest of this has been purged from the CCP-internet, but not before it went viral and was sent externally. It is easy to find on Youtube.

The protests really started during the CCP Congress thanks to the now disappeared "banner man". Universities all over China - and there are thousands of them - have anti-CCP graffiti all around campus and the towns. All across China. Far west, far east, north, south, Beijing, Shanghai, and in Hong Kong too.

I keep seeing regular people with empty posters around their necks ... because saying anything is illegal, but saying nothing can't be censored - except the the CCP-paid thugs beating the citizens.

There will be some huge changes in China soon.

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Don’t expect Xi to go anywhere. Anyone who thinks there is or will be a popular rising against a communist party is naive. Once in power communists will only try to enhance that power at any cost. Lives don’t matter. They never have mattered to communists. They won’t now.

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Aly RustomToday  08:02 am JST

God's speed to those protesters

Lord Xi Jinping will effectively suppress the protests..

Lord Xi Jinping and Lord Putin will be removed from power soon.

I notice that many of the Chinese protestors are wearing masks and taking some protective measures. Just like the riots and unrests in America during 2020 were not specifically just based on the George Floyd murder or CoVid, these demonstrations have widened into even greater dimensions. Americans protested throughout 2020, carrying American flags because they were demonstrating against an UN-American dictator who was stirring up hatred and violence, not to mention lying and denying the virus altogether. And his militia thugs spread the disease all over the USA too.

And now it's the same in China. The Chinese are sick and tired of the CCP and its phony bullcrap. Xi just consolidated his hold within the Party and the citizens want more of a say in affairs, rightfully so. This is now a movement against their dictator, just like America in 2020. They're tired of all the corruption and lies they've been spoon-fed all their lives. Let's not forget what'd going on in Iran too.

JozefToday  08:46 am JST

Xi or Mao the 2nd is almost gone. But what a legacy. He has destroyed China in only one decade, Hongkong also into the bargain.

the man is a megalomaniac.

Just like Trump, Kimmy and other scuzzy dictators.

he will be gone before the end of 2022

Remember the Revolutions of 1989! China is one of the last Communist powers, knock that Party DOWN!

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Will President Xi have a Marie Antoinette moment?

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Let them eat cake!

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BBC journalist was beaten up and arrested 'for his own good to stop him catching Covid' while covering protests that have rocked China, local cops claim: Reporter is seen screaming for help after locals tried to stop police attacking him.

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@Desert Tortoise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04lqqPPIPgU

Paid actors I assume

That is China, not the west. You made a bold claim and I quote:

"Believe it or not this is what many people in the West want for themselves."

I say you are spreading falsehoods and laugh that you use video of Chinese police abusing the people of China to back a claim that this is what people in the west want. It is a risible claim.

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