As the coronavirus continues to claim Chinese lives, Chinese Central Television has been broadcasting footage of a hospital construction site. The hospital is expected to be massive and it will also be located on the Wuhan outskirts. For those who are not familiar, this is the virus’ epicenter.
This epidemic has already claimed numerous lives and shows no signs of slowing down. The broadcast is supposed to provide reassurance to Chinese citizens and concerned foreigners. The footage is being collected, so that the world can see that the Chinese government is on top of things here.
They are not going to allow any further harm to come to any of their citizens if they can possibly help it. This is admirable enough but it does not tell the whole story. Wuhan citizens are not going to allow the falsehoods to be spread any further. That’s why they have decided that they are going to take decisive action.
China is a country that prides themselves on having complete control over any information that is released to the general public. That’s what makes this operation such a risky one for these citizens. They are placing themselves and their loved ones in danger, as a means of making sure that the word is spread.
Stories like this one should make Americans stop to think about the liberties that they have been afforded. There are a wide range of countries that look to control any narrative that they are involved in. If that means silencing citizens in the process, this is something that they are prepared to do.
China definitely falls under this category. The video reports that are being issued by the citizens of China paint a much different picture than what the Chinese government would like for us to think. The clips are being uploaded to YouTube on a regular basis and it is not taking long for them to go viral.
Wuhan’s situation is much worse than the government is letting on. Without these video reports, the rest of the world would be left in the dark on these matters. Fang Bin is one of the broadcasters who is working tirelessly to uncover the truth. He’s visiting various hospitals in the region and showcasing his findings for the rest of the world.
The official images that are being provided paint a happier picture. Meanwhile, reporters like Bin are looking to offer a more substantive portrait. His videos are a harrowing watch. There are hospitals that are cannot provide adequate assistance to all of the patients who are present. These patients are even being forced into hallways.
These videos are frightening enough but wait until you see what happens once Bin’s videos become more widely circulated. A group of men show up at his house, wearing full quarantine gear. They even ask to take his temperature. Clips like this one are truly chilling, as they bring the Chinese government’s true objectives into clearer focus.
They do not want to help people, they simply want to control the narrative that is being created. Bin even asks for the names of the men who have arrived at his home. “My name is none of your business,” the man responds. At this time, Bin wisely asks the man to produce a warrant. After all, he has done nothing wrong.
The men do not like being told no and they decide to break into the apartment. They are in the process of wrongfully apprehending Bin but they never could have expected what would happen next. He is ready for what is about to take place, pressing ‘send’, allowing the world to catch a glimpse of what is truly going on in China.
Bin was released soon after but he was given a stern lecture from the police officers. He is accused of scaring people with his videos and creating an increased amount of panic. Bin let the officers know that he was only in pursuit of the truth. The police were having none of it. Instead, they want him to stop recording his videos. They have decided that the lie is worth protecting.
China is certainly in a period of great turmoil at the present moment. The coronavirus is spreading quickly and citizens are perishing at an astonishing rate. Without citizen reports like Bin, we would never know the real truth. The conditions are stark and hopefully, these videos allow for citizens to receive the help that they truly need before it is too late. Kudos to these reporters for putting their own lives on the line, in hopes of assisting others.