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Chinese citizens around the globe join 'white paper' COVID protests

From Tokyo to New York to London to Paris, people show solidarity and call for freedom

A protester holds a blank piece of paper, symbolizing the lack of freedom of speech in China, during a protest against the Chinese government in Tokyo on Nov. 30. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- Chinese living in Japan, the U.S. and elsewhere are gathering for protests against Beijing's strict zero-COVID policy as citizens' growing resistance to their government spreads beyond their home country.

On Wednesday evening, a Tokyo gathering took place around 7 p.m. in front of Shinjuku Station in one of the capital's busiest commercial districts. Most participants appeared to be young, in their 20s or so.

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