Chinese universities move to online classes to prevent mass demonstrations

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Chinese universities are sending students home and police are on patrol in Beijing and Shanghai to prevent the biggest demonstrations in decades demanding the resignation of China's leader. Xi Jinping due to strict restrictions to fight the coronavirus.

Authorities eased some measures after demonstrations in at least eight cities, but gave no indication that they were backing away from their "zero-covid" strategy, which has kept millions of people confined to their homes for months. Security forces detained an unknown number of people and increased surveillance.

The number of police patrols increased today, so there were no reports of protests in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities.

Beijing's Tsinghua University, where students gathered over the weekend, and other schools in the capital and the southern province of Guangdong said they were sending students home on organized transport "to protect them from Covid-19".

The "dispersal" of the students to distant hometowns reduces the likelihood of new demonstrations. Chinese leaders are particularly wary of universities that have been hotbeds of activism, including the Tiananmen protests.

Nine Tsinghua dormitories were closed yesterday after several students tested positive for Covid-19, while Beijing Forestry University also said it would arrange for students to return home despite all of its students testing negative for the virus. the virus test.

The universities said that classes and final exams will take place online.

"The authorities hope that by cleaning the campus they will "dilute the situation," he said Did Young, an expert on China politics at the University of Chicago.

However, he expects the protests to continue with new groups changing places.

Otherwise, the Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, he said today in Berlin that it is time for China to stop pursuing a strategy of mass population incarceration to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In an interview with AP, as reported by Beta, Georgieva called on China to reconsider its "zero covid" policy, which isolates every case of infection with the virus, because that strategy "affects people and the economy."

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