In its March 2020 edition, China’s People Magazine (note: different from the People magazine in the United States), a publication under People’s Publishing House, published an article called, “The Person Who Handed out Whistles.” However, within three hours, the Communist region removed all posted versions.
The article talked about Ai Fen, Director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Wuhan Central Hospital, which treated several coronavirus patients in December, 2019. Ai Fen took a picture of the diagnose report of “SARS coronavirus” and sent it to some doctors including Dr. Li Wenliang. Dr. Li Wenliang then sent the message to a WeChat group, including the picture, and became the whistle blower. Ai is thus considered to be the person who handed Dr. Li Wenliang a whistle.
Chinese netizens were very disappointed in the government’s Internet control and started to relay the posting of the deleted article. However, their postings were soon deleted. Then people translated the article into different languages and kept posting it. The different languages that were used include: 1. Traditional Chinese, 2. Mirrored Image, 3. English, 4. Martian language, 5, Braille, 6. Upside-down Image, 7. Garbled version, 8. Obituary (an Ancient Chinese writing style), 9. A rewrite in the Classic Chinese language, 10. Hand-writing, 11. Morse Code version, 12. No Letter version, 13. Vertical layout (read the article vertically), 14. German, 15. Binary code, 16. Voice…
Netizens told Radio Free Asia, each version might exist a few hours, or just a few minutes, before the Communist regime deleted it. Since several versions were not readable, people passed them around not for others to read but to protest and to release their anger towards the authorities’ Internet control.
Related postings on Chinascope:
- Public Opinion: Refusing to Remain Silent Any Longer, a Wuhan Youngman Decided to Speak for the Died
- Public Opinion: People Creatively Protested Government’s “Be Grateful” Education
- Leadership: The CCP Was Forced to Reverse the “Be Grateful to the CCP” Education
- Public Opinion: Intellectuals in China Started Raising Their “Five Demands”
- Public Opinion: Outpouring of Grief and Anger upon Death of Chinese Doctor Who Warned Others About Coronavirus
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Source: Radio Free Asia, March 11, 2020