Protests are persevering with in China towards strict COVID lockdown restrictions after a lethal house fireplace introduced some folks nearer to a breaking level.

Throughout the nation, demonstrators took to the streets — a mass motion that’s uncommon in China — and defied legal guidelines designed to curb the unfold of COVID-19. Some appeared with sheets of clean white paper, rather than conventional protest indicators, as a criticism of the censorship limiting residents from talking freely.

After the fire in Xinjiang that left at least 10 people dead, which critics say was as a result of stay-at-home measures that resulted within the constructing’s doorways being locked, protests intensified Sunday. In main cities like Shanghai, protestors gathered to demand the top of the nation’s ruling get together and the resignation of the president. In clips circulating social media, some demonstrators will be heard repeatedly chanting, “Communist Get together step down, Xi Jinping step down.”