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US News Forced to be confined without a manifest Covid-19 case, Chinese students rebel

22:30  01 october  2020
22:30  01 october  2020 Source:   observers.france24.com

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 The failed escape of the © Provided by Le Point Hoang was so used to sleeping that it was without arousing suspicion that this 16-year-old Hong Kong man made his bag and one evening left the apartment of the family that hosted him. Soon after, he was arrested by the Chinese Coast Guard at sea as he fled to Taiwan.

Des étudiants écrivent un slogan inspirés des militants prodémocratie de Hong Kong, à l’université de Dongguan (à gauche). Des étudiants manifestent à leur fenêtre à Xi'an (à droite). © Provided by France 24 Students write a slogan inspired by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, at Dongguan University (left) . Students demonstrate at their window in Xi'an (right).

On the weekend of September 20, , students from several Chinese universities demonstrated in the windows of their dormitories against the confinement imposed on their campus, while no case of Covid-19 had been established. They took the opportunity to add a few demands on their daily lives… and some were heard.

China officially has only 184 active cases of Covid-19, and most of the new cases identified come from abroad. But on August 13, the Department of Education announced that universities resuming classes in September must do so on closed campuses, from which students could not exit. On their return, of the students did not appreciate , nor the implementation of these measures, some universities having eliminated the eight days of holidays for the Chinese National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival, in particular in Xi'an, Guangzhou and Qingdao.

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In Xi'an, Students Shout for "Unblocking" of

Campus

At the beginning of the week of September 21, several protests took place on the campus of Xi'an University. They were filmed and posted on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, and relayed in particular by the Chinese site Vortex Media. Students can be seen and heard waxing at their windows at Xi'an International Studies University on the evening of September 20. According to Vortex, they protested for 30 minutes against their confinement to the campus, but also the rise in the prices of services on the campus. A student interviewed by Vortex explains: "Normal communication channels have little effect, so we have chosen to express our demands in this drastic manner."

Demonstration at the windows of Xi'an University, September 20 . The next day, students from the translation institute in the same city chanted: "Unblock!" at their windows, around 10 p.m. Other complaints were also made by some students, as reported by Ming De Media , such as the sporadic opening hours of the campus supermarket, the quality of the food sold or the condition of the toilets. Xi'an Translation Institute students shouting "unlock !" from their windows.

10% of the population has been infected with the coronavirus, according to WHO .
According to official figures, 35 million people have been infected worldwide with Covid-19. The figure could actually rise to 780 million cases. © afp.com/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT A woman takes a PCR test to find out if she has the coronavirus, in a medical laboratory in Paris, September 4, 2020 The number of infections with Covid-19 could be much higher that announced.

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