Keeping an eye on Communist, Totalitarian China, and its influence both globally, and we as Canadians. I have come to the opinion that we are rarely privy to truth regarding the real goal, the agenda of Red China, and it's implications for Canada [and North America as a whole]. No more can we rely on our media as more and more information on China is actively being swept under the carpet - not for consumption.
Friday, February 7, 2020
Chinese citizens are furious at the death of the whistleblower doctor censored for talking about the coronavirus.
Chinese citizens are furious at the death of the whistleblower doctor censored for talking about the coronavirus. His mother said she couldn't even say goodbye.
Chinese social media was filled with outpourings of grief and anger after Li Wenliang's death early Friday. Many posts featured the hashtag "We want freedom of speech."
Li had warned his peers about the coronavirus on December 30, shortly before the government formally acknowledged the outbreak. The police in Wuhan, where he lived, had him sign a letter admitting to "making false comments."
Li's mother defended her son, telling a Chinese news outlet on Friday: "He had so much potential, so much talent. He's not the kind of person who would lie."
She also said she was not able to say goodbye to her son before he was cremated.
China has punished people who tried to spread information about the coronavirus in its early days, and health services in Wuhan have become overwhelmed.
Chinese citizens are furious after the death of Li Wenliang, the whistleblower doctor who was censored for warning about the beginning of the coronavirus, and his mother said she wasn't able to say goodbye.
"During the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak, Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at our hospital, was infected. Efforts to save him were ineffective. He died at 2:58 a.m. on Feb. 7. We deeply regret and mourn his death," the post said.
Li had warned some of his medical-school colleagues about the virus on December 30, about three weeks after the outbreak started but shortly before the government officially acknowledged it. The virus has now killed more than 630 people, mostly in China, and spread to more than 20 countries.
Li had said that some patients at his hospital were quarantined with a respiratory illness that seemed like SARS. But he was reprimanded and silenced by the police in Wuhan, made to sign a letter that said he was "making false comments."
Li is now being hailed as a hero in China, with posts seeking justice for him and calling for freedom of speech trending on Weibo. Many were removed from the site, which often complies with government demands to censor politically sensitive content.
The top two trending hashtags on Weibo on Friday were "Wuhan government owes Dr. Li Wenliang an apology" and "We want freedom of speech," the BBC reported. It said that hours later those hashtags had been removed and "hundreds of thousands of comments had been wiped."
According to the BBC, one comment on Weibo said: "This is not the death of a whistleblower. This is the death of a hero."
Li's death was the most-read topic on Weibo on Friday, with more than 1.5 billion views, The Guardian reported.
Li's death was also widely discussed in private messaging groups on WeChat, the instant-messaging sister app to Weibo, The Guardian said.
People's Daily wrote on Friday: "At present, China has entered a critical stage of epidemic prevention and control work. The country needs solidarity more than ever to jointly win a battle that it cannot lose, so that its people can be protected against disaster and patients around the country can return to health.
"No one can make an accurate prediction about when the battle will end, but everyone knows that only with sufficient confidence can the people win the battle against the novel coronavirus."
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