As we noted earlier, the death of Dr. Li Wenliang, which was confirmed early Friday by Wuhan City Central Hospital, the same hospital where Dr. Li worked, and where he was punished for warning medical students about the novel coronavirus in a private chatroom.
Li and seven others were punished for their early warnings about the virus. Now, Li he has joined the more than 600 other Chinese who have succumbed to the virus’s pneumonia-like symptoms and his death has ignited nationwide morning and demands for more free speech.
1/ Portrait collection of Dr #LiWenliang whistle blower of #Cononavirus from #Wuhan搜集关于 #李文亮 大夫画像，包括我自己，应该都是一夜间赶出来。大家不约而同取了这张带口罩照片，或多或少在口罩上下了功夫，大家都明口罩阻挡的是病毒，阻挡不了言说。可我担心明天还有人说话么？ pic.twitter.com/z5KNXlI3vK
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) February 7, 2020
His portrait has become a symbol of resistance during an extremely difficult time on mainland China, where nearly 1/3 of the country’s population is being held captive in their homes by China’s sprawling security apparatus.
Video shows Wuhan checkpoint now manned by the Chinese Army. The Chinese government put the quarantined zones under military control. pic.twitter.com/MnVzYD2sU3
— Russian Market (@russian_market) February 7, 2020
Lists of heroes who have been censored or punished for speaking the truth about the virus are circulating on Twitter.
A list of 203 people who got punished for spreading information about #coronavirus in China. #CoronavirusOutbreak #coronaviruschina #武汉 #新型冠状病毒 #肺炎 事件相关因言获罪案例（持续更新）https://t.co/qT72YjcBUm
— 曾錚 Jennifer Zeng (@jenniferatntd) February 7, 2020
Amnesty International weighed in on Dr. Li Wenliang death, calling it a “tragic reminder” of how Beijing’s “preoccupation with stability” inspired it to suppress vital information.
Over the last two days, Beijing has made a big show of opening two new hospitals in Wuhan that were built in under two …
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