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Chinese govt comes under fire for Shanghai lockdown

People pass edible oil over the barriers at a street market under lockdown in Shanghai, on April 13, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
A resident waiting for a food delivery looks out from behind a gate blocking an entrance to a residential area under lockdown in Shanghai, on April 13, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - In Shanghai, where millions are under lockdown, shortages of food and a lack of access to medical care are fuelling anger and frustration against the government and the Communist Party of China.

Widely shared videos showed residents stuck at home yelling at Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan when she visited the city recently, saying they were "running out of rice and oil".

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