Commonwealth Policy Center

Protests are breaking out all across China over the strict Covid policies. Protestors, largely made up of students and a younger generation, are also decrying censorship and authoritarian control by the Communist Party. Some protestors are holding up blank pieces of paper, symbolizing how the Chinese government has wiped their history from the internet. Other protestors are demanding that Xi Jinping and the Communist party step down, and that democracy be established. These protests are reminiscent of Tiananmen Square in 1989, where college protestors were massacred by the government. But since the government has whitewashed that history, this new generation of protestors has no idea what may be in store for them.