China’s heavy-handed reaction to the spreading coronavirus has gone viral, and now a human rights watchdog is following the arrest of one citizen who ran afoul of authoritarian authorities.
China Aid is publicizing the arrest of citizen-journalist Fang Bin, a Chinese national who angered authorities after he filmed dead and dying coronavirus patients at a hospital in Wuhan, the city that is reportedly ground zero of the virus.
Bin, who was arrested and threatened before being released, caught the attention of authorities for his viral “8 bodies in 5 minutes” video (see below) showing the terrifying conditions at the overwhelmed hospital.
Brynne Lawrence of China Aid tells OneNewsNow that Bin was arrested by people who claimed to be “medical professionals” who were banging on his door late at night to check on him.
“They claimed that [Bin] needed to be quarantined,” Lawrence recalls, “and they searched his place without a warrant and they took him to the police station.”
Yet that claim disclosed the truth, since an infected patient would not be transported to a police station to infect even more people.
“And so obviously they weren’t medical professionals,” Lawrence points out.
The Washington Post and Vice.com, among other news outlets, report the virus outbreak has created an army of citizens determined to tell their story of the fast-moving virus at the same time the Chinese government – accustomed to controlling its citizens – is attempting to contain the virus and control the flow of information.