US President Joe Biden is surveying turmoil in China by protesters stressing a verge to Covid lockdowns and enormous political autonomies, the White House said Monday, as conferences popped up in solidarity around the United States.
The statements came after hundreds of people took to the streets in China's main towns over the weekend, in an unusual outflow of public frustration that has to dissipate to global Chinese-speaking communities.
Kirby would not interpret Biden's response to the demonstrators' requests, saying: "The president's not going to talk for protesters around the world. They're talking for themselves."
Before Monday, the US State Department suggested that China's rigorous lockdown strategies were unreasonable, with an ambassador saying "it's going to be very difficult" for China to "contain this virus through their zero-Covid strategy."
Dissatisfaction has been brewing for months in China over brutal coronavirus management regulations, with constant testing, localized lockdowns, and travel constraints shoving many to the verge.
That frustration was brought to a head after a fatal fire broke out last week in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China's Xinjiang region, with numerous accusing Covid-19 lockdowns for hindering recovery actions.
Around the United States, notably on university campuses, conferences sprang up on Monday in assistance of the revolt8s in China.
Around 100 people, numerous of the students, huddled in Washington to yell for greater sovereignty and grieve for those who died in Urumqi.
Attendees clenched white sheets of paper signifying censorship and shouted in unison slogans including "Freedom of speech! Freedom of assembly! Tear down the firewall!"
In the evening, identical meetings were held in New York, on the campus of Columbia University, as well as at North Carolina's Duke University.
Like at the revolts in China, some in the crowds called for the concession of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who lately ensured a historic third term while strengthening power over the country's billion-plus population.
Dozens of people huddled at the University of California's Berkeley campus shouted in unison in Mandarin "Xi Jinping, step down!"
Earlier on Monday in Washington, around 25 members of the Uyghur community huddled outside the State Department and called on the United States and other democracies to apply further pressure on Beijing.
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