Five Wuhan whistleblowers are still missing and one died after revealing the true horrors of the coronavirus, it was said today.
Fears have emerged today that critics of the government will be tortured for speaking out against the regime while the regime is cracking down on citizens even discussing the pandemic.
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The Mail on Sunday said today that more than 5,100 people had been arrested for sharing information about the virus in the first weeks of the epidemic.
And he reported that all of the dissidents were placed under medical quarantine and labeled as sick to prevent them from speaking further.
Other citizens are even said to be detained for posting online questions referring to mask shortages or new deaths.
China’s huge online censorship system, known as the big firewall, is used to block information that the government considers “rumor” – or not a government source.
And images filmed by citizens and published online have shown that people were violently forced to wear masks as well as barricaded in their homes in order to stop the spread of the virus.
The deadly virus is said to have originated in Wuhan, China, before sweeping the world with more than 161,000 deaths worldwide.
In the UK, more than 15,000 people have been killed by the virus.
But as the world continues to fight the virus, China has also imposed strict new restrictions on university research into the origins of Covid-19.
And human rights defenders have expressed concern over a number of whistleblowers in China who disappeared after speaking up.
Dr. Li Wenliang
The Chinese doctor hero who tried to warn the world about the coronavirus died after contracting the virus himself.
Doctor Li Wenlaing, 34, had received a frightening letter from the police before his death – warned “if he refused to repent, he would be punished”.
The warning also told him to stop “spreading false information online.”
Unfortunately, he died in February after contracting a coronavirus from patients he was treating.
Chinese millionaire Ren Zhiqiang disappeared in March after calling President Xi Jinping a “clown” for his management of the coronavirus epidemic.
The real estate tycoon had openly criticized the Communist Party’s response to the online epidemic.
Ren accused the actions of a power-hungry “clown” of failing to manage the epidemic, being widely heard as referring to President Xi.
He also criticized the limits on freedom of expression and called on the party to “wake up from ignorance” to oust its leaders.
The tycoon’s work was shared on Internet bulletin boards in China before disappearing.
Her son and assistant also disappeared without a trace.
Chinese citizen reporter Chen Qiushi disappeared in February after revealing the severity of the coronavirus in Wuhan.
He had reported horrific scenes with graphic details, including a woman frantically calling her family while she was sitting next to a dead relative in a wheelchair.
A panicked friend told CNN, “We are concerned about his physical safety, but we are also concerned that, if he is missing, he may be infected with the virus. “
His family was later informed that he was under medical quarantine in a secret location.
A few days before his disappearance, Mr. Chen told his supporters, “As long as I am alive, I will talk about what I saw and what I heard. I’m not afraid of dying. Why should I be afraid of you, Communist Party? “? “
Mr. Fang’s disappearance is frighteningly similar to that of Chen Quishi.
On February 1, he posted a video of eight bodies outside a hospital in Wuhan – the police then seized his laptop.
A few days later, on February 4, he posted a video of men in protective gear trying to enter his home before disappearing on February 8.
Pierre Haski, president of Reporters Without Borders, said the two were “in the hands of the Chinese authorities”.
He added that there was “very little” information about what had happened to them.
The 25-year-old journalist previously worked for the state broadcaster before leaving to report on Quhan.
But he has not been seen since February 26 after visiting the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
US and British intelligence officials suspect scientists in the Wuhan Institute of Virology accidentally spread the killer during risky coronavirus tests on bats.
Republican representative Jim Banks said, “These three men understood the personal risk associated with independent reporting of coronaviruses in China, but they still did.
He alleged that the Chinese government “imprisoned them – or worse”.
Law professor Xu Zhangrun was placed under house arrest in Beijing after criticizing the Chinese president.
His song warned, “It may well be the last song I write. “
The Chinese professor was banned from social media and cut off from the Internet.
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It was claimed that Patient Zero, the first person to contract Covid-19, was an intern at the Wuhan Institute of Virology who infected his boyfriend.
And the United States has urged China to be clean, while President Donald Trump has said that the United States is trying to determine whether the coronavirus first spread to humans in tests on bats. mouse.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the WIV was “only a few kilometers” from the live animal market that Chinese authorities rushed to identify as the source of the epidemic.
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