China Riot Witness Reveals What She Saw

( The Epoch Times spoke with one of the protesters who participated in the demonstrations in Shanghai last Sunday.

Protests erupted throughout China last week after an apartment highrise under COVID lockdown in the capital city of Xingjiang province caught fire, killing ten people.

When news of the fire spread via social media, students throughout China organized wakes for the victims and other victims of China’s Zero-COVID policy. On university campuses, students began putting up posters and spray-painting graffiti demanding freedom and remembering the victims of the fire.

By Sunday, the demonstrations over the country’s Zero-COVID policy had spread to about 20 provinces throughout China. The situation turned violent in several cities with police clashing with protesters.

On Saturday evening, people gathered in the city center of Shanghai to hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fire. By midnight, the crowd had swelled to over a thousand, with many chanting “apologize,” “Xi Jinping, step down,” and “Communist Party, step down.”

Police began clearing the streets of protesters around 2:00 am. And while it began peacefully, it didn’t take long before the police started to pull people out of the crowd, drag them to police vehicles, and take them away.

One of the protesters in Shanghai told The Epoch Times that she witnessed some of the demonstrators get beaten by police and hauled away to police buses.

The protester, who used the name Zhengyi Dong, told The Epoch Times that she was “very moved” by the demonstrations, adding that the Chinese people “have been suppressed for too long.” But it wasn’t fear that she felt, she said. Instead, she felt as though her “blood was boiling.”

She said that she felt like she was “witnessing history in the making” by being there among the protesters.

Read her account of the Shanghai protests HERE.