China calls for crackdown on hostile forces

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China calls for crackdown on hostile forces

After a weekend of protests in major cities opposing COVID lockdowns and demanding greater political freedoms, China's top security body called for a crackdown against hostile forces on Tuesday.

After demonstrations not seen in decades, security services were out in force across China after anger over unrelenting lockdowns fueled deep-rooted frustration with the political system.

A deadly fire last week in Urumqi, the capital of the northwestern region of Xinjiang, was the catalyst for the outrage, with protesters taking to the streets in cities around China.

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