The fire that killed at least 10 people in the Chinese city of Urumqi on November 24 reportedly led to multiple protests across the country. Following the country's zero COVID policy, Urumqi residents have been placed under lockdown for four months. The fire prompted the public's anger over the country's stringent measures. Many posts on Chinese social media asked if prolonged lockdowns delayed rescue operations. Or if any restrictions, such as locked doors, prevented people from escaping.