Rep. Waltz: Biden admin has ‘weakest record’ on human rights of modern presidents as Chinese protests intensify
FIRST ON FOX: Florida Republican Rep. Michael Waltz blasted the Biden administration as having the “weakest record” on human rights among modern presidencies as anti-government protests in China rage.
Vals pointed President Biden’s administration in an interview Monday with Fox News Digital when asked about the president’s level of support for Chinese citizens protesting the communist nation’s draconian COVID-19 protocols.
“You know, it’s been a trend with this administration. Typically, you check the box and show lukewarm, weak, ineffective support,” Waltz said.
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“I mean, they can issue a statement from the podium or a separate, loosely worded press statement,” the Florida Republican continued. “But no, it is not strong enough for those who are fighting for their freedoms in China, nor is it strong enough for [those] in Cuba”.
“He has not been strong enough in Iran,” he said. “I mean, I could go around the world.
Waltz added that he believes the Biden administration “has the weakest record on human rights of any modern president.”
The Florida Republican’s comments come as citizens across China took to the streets to protest the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brutal COVID-19 protocols.
The protests had spread to about 20 provinces in China. Demonstrations over the country’s “zero COVID” policy and a deadly fire at a high-rise in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, which claimed the lives of 10 people, appeared to have been the catalyst for many people in the communist nation. say enough is enough. The building had been partially closed for almost two months.
Over the weekend, things turned violent in several cities, with protesters clashing with police. Videos posted online showed police attacking and taking away some protesters. People have increasingly expressed their anger online.
On Saturday and Sunday, people gathered in downtown Shanghai to light candles for the victims of the deadly fire. By around midnight, the crowd had swelled to more than a thousand people, chanting, “apologise,” aimed at the central government, as well as “Xi Jinping, resign” and “Communist Party, resign.”
Such slogans aimed directly at Xi and his central leadership committee are unprecedented. Even during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, protesters demanded democratic reform, not regime change.
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After an hours-long standoff between police and protesters, police forces began clearing the streets around 2 a.m. in Shanghai. Although it started peacefully, an eyewitness told Fox News Digital that after a while, police began pulling people from the crowd, dragging them into police vehicles and taking them away. On Sunday, pleas for volunteer lawyers appeared on social media to help those arrested the night before.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Fox News staff contributed reporting.