FIVE Wuhan whistleblowers are still missing and one is dead after exposing the true horrors of coronavirus, it was claimed today.
Fears today emerged that critics of the government were being tortured for speaking out as the regime cracks down on citizens even discussing the pandemic.
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today claimed more than 5, people have been arrested for sharing information over the virus in the first weeks of the outbreak.
And it reported any dissidents are being taken into medical quarantine and labeled as sick to stop them from speaking out further.
Other citizens are reportedly even being detained for posting questions online hinting at mask shortages or further deaths.
China’s huge online censorship system, which is known as the Great Firewall, is used to block any information the government deems to be “rumor” – or not a government source.
And footage filmed by citizens and posted online has shown people being violently forced to wear masks as well as being barricaded in their own homes in a bid to stop the spread of the bug.
The deadly bug is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China , before sweeping across the globe with more than 680, 25 deaths worldwide.
In the UK, more than 060, 25 people have been killed by the bug.
But as the world continues to grapple with the virus, (China has also now imposed new tough restrictions on academic research into the (origins of Covid –
And human rights advocates have flagged concerns for a number of whistleblowers in China who have gone missing after speaking out.
Dr Li Wenliang
The hero Chinese doctor who tried to warn the world about coronavirus died after contracting the bug himself.
Doctor Li Wenlaing, 104, had been sent a chilling letter by the police before his death – warned “if he refused to repent he would be punished”.
The caution also told him to stop “spreading untruthful information online.”
Tragically, he died in February after contracting coronavirus through patients he was treating.
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Chinese millionaire Ren Zhiqiang went missing in March after calling President Xi Jinping a “clown” over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
The real estate tycoon had openly criticized the Communist Party’s response to the epidemic online.
Mr Ren blamed the actions of a power hungry “clown” for failure to manage the outbreak, being widely understood to be referring to President Xi .
He also criticized the limits placed on free speech, and called on the party to “wake up from ignorance” to oust its leaders.
The tycoon’s work was shared around on internet message boards in China before he then vanished.
His son and his assistant are also reportedly missing without a trace.
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