The early excitement around China’s reopening appears to be fading. Only three weeks after the most significant easing measures were announced, skyrocketing covid cases are bringing back lockdowns. The pot is boiling over. 

Rare demonstrations erupted in several major cities, with people chanting “We don’t want covid tests; we want freedom.” In Guangzhou and Chongqing, protesters and police engaged in violent altercations, while large groups in Beijing and Shanghai even called on President Xi to resign. 

Fearful of being locked up again for months inside their homes, panicked residents hav