China censors maskless crowd footage in World Cup broadcasts

As protesters in Chinese cities rage against Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid policy, TV feeds are edited to avoid crowd scenes

Chinese state television has censored World Cup games to remove shots of maskless crowds after the sight of joyous fans celebrating in packed stadiums stoked anger back home, where hundreds of millions remain under strict pandemic restrictions.

A well-attended opening ceremony in Qatar – with no social distancing – led to users of Chinese social media platforms complaining that it contrasted with the severe isolation they felt under President Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid policy.

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People in China: tell us about the zero-Covid policy protests

We would like to speak to people in China about their views on the protests and what daily life is like with Covid restrictions

Protests over China’s Covid restrictions have spread to several cities, with demonstrations in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Guangzhou following a deadly fire in the far west of the country.

We would like to speak to people in China about the situation in their country. Have you or people you know taken part in the protests? What effect do you think they could have? What are your concerns?

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Chinese police out in force in attempt to deter Covid lockdown protests

Barriers erected on street where demonstrations have been held against rigid coronavirus policies

Chinese police have launched a show of force across the country in an effort to head off further protests against the government’s rigid zero-Covid policies and tackle what have become the most extraordinary acts of civil disobedience in the country for decades.

Dozens of police cars lined the streets around a central Beijing subway station and patrolled surrounding blocks on Monday evening, while uniformed and plain-clothed officers stood guard at station exits and stopped passersby for questioning. Hours after the scheduled start of a protest organised via encrypted messaging apps there were few apparent participants.

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Why blank sheets of paper have become a symbol of dissent in China – video

People opposed to China’s strict Covid restrictions are protesting in cities across the country, holding blank pieces of paper as a symbol against censorship. The protests, triggered by a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country, are taking place in defiance of a series of heavy-handed arrests of demonstrators. The protests mark the biggest wave of civil disobedience on the mainland since Xi Jinping assumed power a decade ago

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How Chinese media have – and haven’t – covered widespread protests against zero-Covid

State-run media outlets largely ignore nationwide protests, but continue to push the importance of Covid restrictions

Chinese media have largely ignored widespread protests across the country, with prominent state newspaper front pages instead choosing to focus on Taiwan’s local elections, a Chinese-built solar plant in Qatar and the rising number of Chinese women choosing to get tanned in beauty salons.

Protests flared across Chinese cities over the weekend, with calls for political freedoms and an end to Covid lockdowns.

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China Covid protests explained: why are people demonstrating and what will happen next?

Growing frustration with Beijing’s strict zero-Covid policy sparks a wave of protests, with blank pieces of white A4 paper becoming a symbol of the movement

In an extraordinary wave of civil disobedience, dozens of protests broke out across Chinese cities over the weekend as frustrations with the government’s stringent Covid policies boiled over.

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China: Video shows BBC journalist’s arrest during Covid protest – video

Video shared on social media shows the moment BBC journalist Edward Lawrence was arrested by Chinese authorities while covering an anti-lockdown protest in Shanghai. Lawrence was dragged away by police shouting "Call the Consulate, now." Protests over Covid restrictions have spread to several cities across China and were triggered by a deadly fire at a residential high-rise building in the city of Urumqi, in the country's western Xinjiang region. Videos of the incident posted on social media led to accusations that lockdowns were a factor in the blaze that killed 10 people

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The Fijian island being strangled by vines

Vanua Levu is being overrun by invasive vines – and the increasing number of natural disasters, brought on by climate change, is only making things worse

In Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji, every contour drips with green. The landscape is impossibly lush and verdant. But upon closer inspection, it’s evident that nearly everything is shrouded in vines.

There are several vine species in Fiji, one of which is the invasive kudzu, introduced by US troops in the second world war as living camouflage for Allied equipment. But, as botanist Judith Sumner, writes: “under tropical Pacific conditions kudzu quickly became an invasive species with a growth rate that aggressively outpaced native Fijian flora.”

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BBC says Chinese police assaulted and detained its reporter at Shanghai protest

Journalist Ed Lawrence was beaten after being arrested at a protest against China’s strict Covid restrictions, broadcaster says

Chinese police assaulted and detained a BBC journalist covering a protest in Shanghai on Sunday, releasing him after several hours, the broadcaster has said.

“The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai,” a spokesperson for the British public service broadcaster said.

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Clashes in Shanghai as protests over zero-Covid policy grip China

Beijing, Chengdu and Wuhan see demonstrations as anger over Xi Jinping’s strict Covid policies builds, in a test for the Communist party

Hundreds of demonstrators and police have clashed in Shanghai as protests over China’s stringent Covid restrictions flared for a third day and spread to several cities, in the biggest test for president Xi Jinping since he secured a historic third term in power.

The wave of civil disobedience is unprecedented in mainland China in the past decade, as frustration mounts over Xi’s signature zero-Covid policy nearly three years into the pandemic.

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