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Students hold up placards including blank white sheets of paper on the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in solidarity with protests held on the mainland over Beijing's COVID-19 restrictions, on Nov. 28. Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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China's authorities are quietly rounding up people who protested against COVID rules

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Protesters shout slogans during a protest against China's strict coronavirus measures on Monday in Beijing, China. Protesters took to the streets in multiple Chinese cities after a deadly apartment fire in Xinjiang province sparked a national outcry as many blamed COVID-19 restrictions for the deaths. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters march in Beijing at a rally for the victims of a deadly fire as well as a protest against China's harsh COVID-19 restrictions early Monday. Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How a deadly fire in Xinjiang prompted protests unseen in China in three decades

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