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Protesters gather outside China's embassy in London

STORY: A video obtained by Reuters showed people standing outside the Chinese embassy with signs and chanting "step down" slogans, echoing demonstrators in Shanghai protesting against the country's leadership. Two uniformed police officers stood outside the building and kept a watchful eye.

Protests broke out across the Asian nation over the weekend over restrictive coronavirus curbs, in scenes unprecedented since Xi assumed power a decade ago.

During the weekend, protesters in cities including Wuhan and Lanzhou overturned COVID testing facilities, while students gathered on campuses across China in actions that were sparked by anger over an apartment fire late last week in the far western city of Urumqi that killed 10 people.