Fire in ‘Urumqi’ kills 10, sparks anti-lockdown protests and heated criticism on Chinese social media (Video)

A fire broke out late on Thursday (Nov. 24) in an apartment in Jixiangfan commune in Tianshan county of Wulumuqi (also known as Urumqi), the capital of Wui Autonomous Region. Gur, Xinjiang A total of 10 people were killed and nine injured, sparking a wave of criticism of the zero-day COVID-19 policy that erupted on Chinese social media the next day. As in Wulumuqi, a wave of protesters poured in, demanding “an end to lockdown measures and an end to COVID-19”.

In a news report, the Chinese media camp said The deadly fire started at 7:49 pm in the bedroom on the 15th floor and spread to the 17th floor. Smoke poured up to the 21st floor, while the fire brigade and related agencies rushes to the scene of the case. and can extinguish the fire at 10:35 pm

Photo of a fire on Thursday night (Nov. 24) in an apartment in Tianshan Wu Lu Muqi District.  the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region A total of 10 people were killed and 9 others were injured.  Left photo: flat after the fire.  (Photo from social media and Chinese media)
In the news report, the Chinese media camp said that The fire scene area is a low risk of spreading COVID. Residents in the building can come down to do activities outside the building.

But the fire sparked a storm of criticism on mainland social media on Friday. about zero covid policy Lockdown measures in Wulumuqi Around 4 million residents are under lockdown measures. Do not leave the house for more than 100 days.

Footage from Reuters video: Lockdown protesters stand in a plaza in Wulumuqi.  Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on November 25, 2022.
Netizen posted on Weibo. set the topic “The cause of the fire in Wu Lu Mu Qi was the Nightmare of all Chinese people,” and pointed out the suspicion that the fire brigade was slow to put out the fire. It took about three hours to put out the fire to control the combustion. because of barriers to entering to extinguish the fire The fire truck that initially arrived could not enter the community where it was born. You must park outside the community and spray water with a distance from the fire point So the water cannot be sprayed

A Chinese netizen posted a clip. Shows suspected images of the obstruction on the narrow street access to the community at the scene of the incident. and workers are disbanding. And there is a demand for an investigation into the cause of the delay of the fire truck before extinguishing the fire. This caused the deaths of 10 people, including children.

Therefore, there is currently a call to investigate the suspicion that the COVID-19 control measures are hindering the operations of rescue teams, including the fire escape of building occupants.

A corner of the protests in Wulumuqi Uighur Autonomous Region in Xinjiang on November 25, 2022. (Reuters photo)
People in Wu Lu Muqi poured into the streets to protest. and local government offices that shouted “Put the lockdown down!”

Reuters reports from video footage of the protests. People protest in the plaza Sing China’s national anthem, “Get up! Those who don’t want to be slaves!” as others shouted wanting to get out of the locked fence.

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