It is probably the biggest public protest in the Chinese capital since the turn of the millennium: Just days before the 20th Party Congress, a dissident hung two large protest banners on a bridge above a six-lane main thoroughfare. Written on them was outrageous criticism: “We want food, not PCR tests. We want reform, not cultural revolution. We want freedom, not lockdown. We want to be citizens, not slaves” (不要核酸要吃饭, 不要文革要改革, 不要封控要自由, 不要领袖要选票, 不要谎言要尊严, 不做奴才做公民), reads one of the protest banners. And right next to it, it unmistakably says: “Overthrow the dictator and thief Xi Jinping.”
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