Those suppressed have included whistleblower doctors, citizen journalists, scholars, and business people.
Below are some of their stories.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist at the Wuhan Central Hospital, was among the first people to publicize information about the outbreak in Wuhan.
“Seven SARS-like cases from the Huanan seafood market have been confirmed,” he wrote on Chinese social media app WeChat, in a chat group with hundreds of his former medical school classmates. He attached a screenshot of a diagnosis report.
That was Dec. 30, 2019, a day before Wuhan health officials acknowledged that there was a mysterious viral pneumonia outbreak.
Despite Lis reminder to not “spread it externally,” screenshots of the conversation showing his full name quickly proliferated on the internet. On Jan. 3, police reprimanded him along with seven other medical professionals for spreading “rumors” online.
The police statement said he had violated the law.
“The public security department hopes you can proactively cooperate with our work, listen to the urging of the police, and stop illegal activities from now. Can you achieve that?” He wrote “yes.”
“Dont go against the authorities, dont wear masks, dont make careless remarks,” hospital colleague Zhao Chen recalled a department director as saying, after Li was summoned by police. Zhao told state media in a since-deleted interview that the hospital originally planned to fire Li.
Days later, Li contracted the virus while operating on an asymptomatic patient for glaucoma. He died on Feb. 7, leaving behind a pregnant wife and a young son. Shaken by his death, Chinese netizens held vigils in mourning and began a wider call for free speech.
At least 200 health workers at Lis hospital have contracted the virus. Three of Lis colleagues have died.
On March 19, Wuhan police withdrew the statement about Li and issued an apology, saying they will “carefully draw a lesson” from the incident.
Ai Fen, an emergency surgeon at the hospital, later revealed that she was the “whistle provider” who gave the diagnosis report to Li. Realizing that the virus could be contagious, she required everyone in the emergency department to wear masks.
Police didnt go after Ai, but she received an “unprecedented, very harsh admonition” from her superiors.
“Many, many times, I thought how nice it would be if we could turn back the clock,” she told Chinese magazine Portrait, adding that she regretted not telling more doctors about the danger.
“If I knew what it would be like today, no matter if I got criticized or not, I would have spread it all around,” she said.
“Someone has to stand up and tell the truth. … There has to be different voices in this world, right?”
Fang Bin, a Wuhan clothes salesman, began filming his trips to hospitals around the locked-down city and posting the videos online in late January. The scenes showed long lines outside hospitals, patients clinging to life, and distraught family members.
In one video that went viral, Fang counts eight body bags in a van parked outside a hospital. “So many dead,” he says with a sigh. “This is too many.” Fang then walks into a room in the hospital, where doctors are seen working around a patient who had apparently just died.
“Who is he?” Fang asks the man.
“My father,” the man cries.
“Hes gone,” Fang says, after speaking to the doctors.
That evening, around half a dozen masked men in hazmat suits knocked on his door, demanding to take his temperature. Fang, who recorded the incident, said his temperature was normal and asked them to come back with an inspection warrant. The men forced their way into his house, confiscated his electronic devices, and took him to a police station. There, police questioned him about his videos, Fang later recounted.
Less than two weeks later, Fang went missing. His friends told The Epoch Times that Fang had been detained.
Chen Qiushi, a 34-year-old lawyer-turned-citizen-journalist from eastern China, arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 24, a day after the city was placed under lockdown. Armed with a smartphone, he said he wanted to document stories about the citys residents.
“What sort of a journalist are you if you dont dare rush to the frontlines?” he said in his first video in Wuhan, filmed with a selfie stick, from the railway station where he had just disembarked.
In just over two weeks, he published more than 100 posts on his YouTube and Twitter accounts—both platforms are banned in China—that drew millions of views. He filmed interviews with locals who had lost loved ones, patients lying on temporary beds lining hospital hallways, and, according to Chen, a body left under a blanket outside an emergency ward.
In one hospital, a woman in a protective mask holds up the body of a relative in a wheelchair, whose head is seen drooping downward.
“Whats wrong with him?” Chen asked the woman.
“He has already passed,” she said.
The work took a toll on Chen.
“Im scared. In front of me is the virus. Behind me is Chinas legal and administrative power,” he said in an emotional video, recorded in his hotel room on Jan. 30.
Authorities have harassed his parents, who live in eastern China, probing for his location, Chen said. Then, he said through tears, while pointing at the camera: “Im not afraid of dying. Why should I be afraid of you, Communist Party?”
On Feb. 7, his mother, in a video shared on his Twitter account, said Chen had gone missing the day before.
Chens friend Xu Xiaodong, a prominent mixed martial arts fighter, later said in a YouTube video that Chen had been forcibly quarantined, but didnt show signs of symptoms.
Li Zehua, a former anchor for Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, was the third video blogger arrested in the outbreak epicenter of Wuhan.
“I dont want to shut my eyes and ears. … Im doing this so that more young people like me can stand up,” Li, 25, said in a passionate speech live-streamed on YouTube, before police entered the hotel and presumably detained him.
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