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Shanghai shopkeepers stage rare protest over COVID closures

Hundreds demand help with rent as frustration boils

Clothing traders on Shanghai's Qipu Road demand rent refunds and the lifting of COVID-19 curbs on June 13.

SHANGHAI -- Shopkeepers in Shanghai staged a rare public protest on Monday against China's strict COVID-19 controls, which they blame for hurting their livelihoods.

Hundreds gathered outside shopping malls on the financial hub's Qipu Road, known as the go-to place for cheap garments, to vent frustration with continued closure orders and demand rent relief. "How do they expect us to go on without earnings?" one woman said.

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