Four days of demonstrations against Beijing’s “zero covid” policy, which have reverberated across China

China has moved quickly to suppress demonstrations that erupted across the country over the weekend.

Deploying police forces at key protest sites and tightening online censorship.

The protests were triggered by a deadly fire last Thursday, The blaze killed at least 10 people and injured nine.

With delays in extinguishing the blaze widely seen by the public as a result of lockdown policies.

Protests still occur regularly under Xi Jinping rule. But they are usually small and focused on local grievances,

Recent days have seen a record number of cases in China, triggering fresh lockdowns.

The National Health Commission on Sunday reported more than 39,500 cases, the highest since the pandemic began.

To express solidarity with protesters, thousands of students carried black white sheets or posted blank images online.