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The US responds to discontent in China with restraint and asks to respect demonstrations


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The government of USA responded this Monday with caution to the demonstrations that shook the main cities of Chinaalthough he asked that the right of the citizens of that country to protest peacefully be respected and was critical of the policy of “zero covid”.

”People should have the right to assemble and peacefully protest against policies, laws or regulations with which they disagree. The White House supports the right to peaceful protest.” said John Kirbyone of the White House spokesmen, when asked about discontent in China at a press conference.

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The statements of Kirby They represent Washington’s first response to the protests in China, after both US President Joe Biden, his national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and the Secretary of State have remained silent over the weekend , Antony Blinken.

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Kirby explained that Biden is following closely and is “attentive” to the development of the demonstrations.

Another White House spokesman, already out of the spotlight of the press conference in which he spoke Kirbytold Efe that the United States believes that it will be “very difficult” for China to contain the virus with its “zero covid” policies.

“We have said that everyone has the right to protest peacefully, here in the United States and around the world. That includes China.” added that spokesperson.

The protests this weekend in China an unknown number of people have been detained, including at least two Western media correspondents.

The outrage over the death of 10 people in an apparently confined building in the city of Urumqi (northwest) on November 24, turned into unprecedented vigils and protests on Sunday in many parts of the country, such as Beijing or the aforementioned Shanghai.

MORE INFORMATION: How a tragic fire with 10 deaths sparked unprecedented protests in China over the handling of the pandemic

Meanwhile, the numbers of new infections in China They broke their record for the fifth consecutive day this Monday with 40,347 cases detected the day before, of which 36,525 (90.5%) are asymptomatic.

In addition, around two million people throughout the country are under centralized quarantine or medical observation for being infected or for being close contacts of those infected, not including citizens under generalized confinement imposed by local authorities.

Source: Elcomercio

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