In Beijing, protests against quarantine happen one building at a time

Confrontation between residents and low-level officials at an apartment block in the Chinese capital one of many that played out across dozens of big cities.

Grassroots defiance against China's tough coronavirus measures poses a grave challenge to Mr Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid doctrine. PHOTO: AFP
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At the bottom of a central Beijing tower block, two dozen of my neighbours stood behind a quarantine line, facing off with the low-level officials and police tasked with enforcing China’s zero-Covid-19 policy.

The confrontation was one of many that played out across big Chinese cities at the weekend, as frustration at nearly three years of tough controls erupted into spontaneous resistance.

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