Since December, the coronavirus has bombarded China. It has spread across the world, but the worst remains in China. One doctor released the information to the world when he discovered the new virus affecting so many and claiming hundreds of deaths. Li Wenliang is called a “whistleblower” by the Chinese government, but a “hero” among their people and the world. His death from the coronavirus is spreading anger and grief across Beijing and China as the Chinese government is trying to erase his memory. This is communism.
At the end of last week, the death toll in China was 637, including Wenliang. The coronavirus has affected the lives of over 31,000 people in China. The Chinese government worked to keep Wenliang silenced, but they couldn’t stop him from passing the warning to the world.
Thursday, it was confirmed Li Wenliang had succumbed to the deadly virus. Following his death, the people of China were outraged and filled with sorrow as the Chinese government is working to eradicate the response to his death.
Shortly after Wenliang passed away, Chinese citizens poured out on social media in protest for not allowing the doctor to warn people. Within a communist country, the government will silence anyone who goes up against the leaders and officials. There is no freedom of speech in China or any communist or “socialist” country.
Two of China’s well-known sites, Weibo, and WeChat were flooded with sorrow, which then turned to rage. Weibo had responses such as, “Wuhan government owes Dr. Li Wenliang an apology.” Another stated, “We want the freedom of speech.”
These are a few of the posts shared on Twitter since the death of the heroic doctor. “Can’t be emphasized enough how unusual this is. 12 hours on, WeChat still seething. Quoting ‘we know they’re lying, they know they’re lying.’ Sharing, ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ (HK protest anthem). Realists say nothing will change. Probably not. But a crack has opened.”
The song quoted, Do You Hear the People Sing” is a reference to the constitution of China with Article 35, which calls for freedom of speech. We all know the government silencing someone who is trying to save lives is not free speech. It is tyranny.
Another post came from Bill Bishop, who added a sketch of the late doctor with a mask over his face. The caption read, “This sketch of Li Wenliang one of the many things about him that are blowing up online. His death is crystallizing so much anger and frustration.”
The poem “For Whom The Bell Tolls” was also posted in honor of the late doctor which reads:
“Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.”
Within the comments were a response to the Chinese government, “This is not the death of a whistleblower. This is the death of a hero.”
Then, the Chinese government stepped in and eradicated almost all of the criticism and anger filled comments and posts. Even after the doctor’s death, they are still trying to silence the people who continue to warn the world on the truths of the virus outbreak.
The media from Wuhan, where the virus was said to have originated, cast breaking reports of the people’s anger-filled responses and the messages from the Doctor Li Wenliang in December. The government had a delayed reaction, which must have been from the shock that someone would challenge them.
One lady posted on Twitter as she tried to tell the world about how they are being silenced in China, “The hashtag # I want freedom of speech # on Weibo is now gone. It had drawn 1.8 million views as of 5 a.m. Even the phrase itself has been censored. Not allowed to speak. Not allowed to die. Now allowed to be angry. Not allowed to desire. Are we allowed to at least remember?
This was the Chinese government’s response, “It is strictly forbidden for reports to use contributions from self-media, and sites may not use pop-up alerts, comment, or sensationalize.” It continued, “The outlets should not set up special topic sections, gradually withdraw the topic from Hot Search lists, and strictly manage harmful information.”
The Chinese government even tried to censor the doctor’s death announcement. Once again, this is communist, or the sugar-coated word, “socialism.” Most of the post following Li’s death was deleted right after his passing.