Due to their disarray and lack of a leader, US intelligence believes China’s protests will likely fizzle out

According to US intelligence sources, the demonstrations in China will eventually die down and are unlikely to spark larger, better-planned mass demonstrations. Politico obtained government correspondence from Tuesday that characterized the movements as chaotic and mostly without leaders.

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Due to their disarray and lack of a leader, US intelligence believes China’s protests will likely fizzle out

According to the records obtained by Politico, the Communist Party appeared to have used a sizable police presence to try to frighten demonstrators and prevent more demonstrations. Additionally, there is a chance that these suppression techniques will escalate to violence.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, anti-government protests broke out in every major Chinese city, creating a time of unprecedented widespread discontent in President Xi Jinping’s China. Because of this, there has been a significant police presence in China. Although the protests were mainly peaceful, footage posted on Twitter shows some demonstrators squabbling with police. Some protestors in Shanghai claimed that police in Shanghai arbitrarily dragged them out of the crowd, beat them, and then hung them upside down.

Although there were still skirmishes between protestors and police in Guangzhou on Tuesday night, protests in Shanghai and Beijing have largely subsided.

The BBC stated that some people have been approached and questioned by police in the wake of the protests. After participating in a demonstration on Sunday along the Liangma River in Beijing, at least three people were detained there.

In Guangzhou and Chongqing, some COVID limitations have been loosened, and this week, Xi plans to relax even more restrictions, signaling a partial retreat from his zero-COVID policy.

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