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The story of the coronavirus whistleblower, Dr. Li Wenliang

He was silenced by Chinese authorities for warning against the coronavirus outbreak, and soon died from the illness. This is the story of Dr. Li Wenliang.

His face has become a symbol for freedom of speech in China.

Dr. Li Wenliang was silenced after sounding the alarm about a strange new virus, the coronavirus. He died of the illness he warned against at just 34. “The Chinese people do not know what is happening and therefore, actually, it's the regime that is allowing this virus to spread around.”, an activist claims. Dr. Li was an ophthalmologist in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak. He and his wife were expecting their second child.

The first warning On December 30, 2019, Dr. Li signed onto his medical school alumni chatroom and posted a warning about an illness going around that resembled Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) with people “quarantined in the emergency department”. In the middle of the night, days later, Chinese authorities took him to the police station and forced him to sign a statement saying that his warning was an unfounded rumor, promising that he wouldn’t commit anymore “illegal actions”. Only then was he allowed to return to work.

His diagnosis On January 10, 2020, he treated a woman for glaucoma, without knowing she was infected with the coronavirus. Dr. Li was diagnosed 2 weeks later. He eventually decided to go public about his experience. He criticized the inaction of the Chinese government, continued leaking information about the virus, and was heralded a hero overnight.

On February 6th, confusion surfaced about his death, and people on social media accused the government of delaying the announcement. When Dr. Li was officially declared dead, an online revolt burst out. People vilified the Chinese government for covering up the magnitude of the outbreak and demanded more freedom of speech.

Remembering Dr. Li “I feel very sad. He is such a nice person, but still didn't pull through. Those left do not dare to speak out. Alas, I don't know what to say.”, one Beijing resident shares. Another resident reveals, “We heard the news of his death with heavy hearts, because he gave his life for our ordinary people. We are extremely grateful. We should learn from him.” On February 7th, people commemorated the whistleblower by blowing whistles. Dr. Li is being honored for raising his voice against local authorities accused of downplaying the outbreak.

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02/10/2020 9:51 PM

1205 comments

  • Sergio L.
    07/25/2020 18:59

    R.I.P. DR. LI.

  • David M.
    06/29/2020 05:51

    Stay home safe and healthy and this is the great opportunity to start to focusing on your gold's are you ready to jump back on or stay on the horse and ride him to the land of paradise?❤💰https://bit.ly/37ZJEjx

  • Marcela C.
    06/28/2020 21:54

    May he rest in peace!

  • Ada A.
    06/28/2020 05:25

    I believe to that doctor... But China ignore everything... They are waiting if people are infected now... And mostly of the carrier of CORONA virus traveling around the world until that other countries are affected too.

  • Mark N.
    06/25/2020 19:43

    Here's hero

  • Santiago K.
    06/22/2020 06:13

    The world knows

  • Ellen B.
    06/20/2020 04:52

    The korean war any war for that matter didnt change anything. Chinese people are still being watched at all times. Theres no freedom there I dont think.

  • Vera R.
    06/15/2020 14:38

    The man was a brave person to go against a horrible regime , because that’s how I see the government in that country.. silencing someone for telling the truth..for alerting us ASAP. How can you live with yourselves for doing that!!

  • Sreedhara B.
    06/13/2020 11:07

    RIP...

  • Sandra P.
    06/13/2020 08:31

    Thank you Dr Li for warning us (u r a hero ) instead of the Chinese Government in 2019 !

  • Gina B.
    06/12/2020 02:54

    He cared about lives

  • Susiemarks M.
    06/10/2020 04:23

    Stand up for your rights

  • James D.
    06/08/2020 10:16

    CCP is drunk on blood of those that have tried to warn the world of the virus and will walk all over the Chinese people just to stay in power 🤮🤮🐍🐀🐖🐍🐀🐖🤢🤢

  • Jo H.
    06/08/2020 00:36

    I think they killed him to silence him

  • Lucilita C.
    06/07/2020 05:35

    am hoping one day i meet his child

  • Lucilita C.
    06/07/2020 05:33

    i salute this man i saw all his video till he die

  • Veronica B.
    05/31/2020 15:29

    R.I.P. 🙏🇮🇪

  • Marc C.
    05/30/2020 01:58

    China says he died of the illness he warned against but China wanted him dead and the illness rarely kills healthy 34 year olds. I think China killed him. He probably had a mild case and they said ‘you need fluids’ and put something in his IV. They would do it for ‘the party.’

  • Vance H.
    05/30/2020 01:19

    Truth and science

  • Robert N.
    05/28/2020 10:59

    China CCP Evil

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