BBC claims Chinese police assaulted reporter covering COVID protests | USA TODAY #Shorts

BBC journalist Ed Lawrence was allegedly assaulted and detained by Chinese police in Shanghai where he was reporting on an anti-lockdown protest.

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In a video of the protest seen by The Associated Press, chants sounded loud and clear: “Xi Jinping! Step down! CCP! Step down!” Xi, arguably China’s most dominant leader since Mao Zedong, was recently named to another term as head of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, and some expect him to try to stay in power for life.

The protester and another, who gave only his last name, Zhao, confirmed the chants. Both insisted on having their identities shielded because they fear arrest or retribution.

The atmosphere of the protest encouraged people to speak about topics considered taboo, including the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in which the ruling Communist Party had ordered troops to fire on pro-democracy student demonstrators, the unnamed protester said. Some also called for an official apology for the deaths in the fire in Urumqi in the Xinjiang region. One member of the Uyghur ethnic group that is native to Xinjiang and has been the target of a sweeping security crackdown shared his experiences of discrimination and police violence.

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  1. The guy didn’t cooperate with unlawful orders and never had a chance to show credentials, unlike here in the United States, we don’t need credentials!!

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