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China Blames 'Forces with Ulterior Motives' for Linking Urumqi Fire to Covid Curbs

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Last Updated: November 28, 2022, 14:56 IST

Beijing, China

China police watch protesters in Shanghai on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. Protests against China’s restrictive COVID measures appeared in a number of cities Saturday night, in displays of public defiance fanned by anger over a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region. (AP Photo)

China police watch protesters in Shanghai on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. Protests against China’s restrictive COVID measures appeared in a number of cities Saturday night, in displays of public defiance fanned by anger over a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region. (AP Photo)

Online posts claimed that lengthy Covid lockdowns in Urumqi hampered rescue attempts after the blaze on Thursday night

China on Monday blamed “forces with ulterior motives" for linking a deadly fire in the western Xinjiang region to strict Covid measures, a key driver of countrywide protests in recent days.

Online posts circulating on both Chinese and overseas social media platforms have claimed that lengthy Covid lockdowns in Urumqi hampered rescue attempts after the blaze on Thursday night.

In response to a question at a regular press briefing about the disaster, foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said: “On social media there are forces with ulterior motives that relate this fire with the local response to Covid-19."

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first published:November 28, 2022, 14:52 IST
last updated:November 28, 2022, 14:56 IST
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