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“Now we’re out of work, a lot of families are struggling. I really hope this outbreak will end soon. Being able to live is our biggest wish right now.” – Daniel Xie, Wuhan-based photographer
“A long-time colleague of mine died at the entrance of the hospital as he was trying to get admitted. After he died, the hospital wouldn’t allow his family to come but asked them to sign a cremation certificate anyway.” – Chen (pseudonym), Wuhan resident
“My mother’s body was taken away on the eighth day. Up until now, the authorities haven’t contacted us. I don’t even know where my mother’s body is. I just couldn’t take it. The doctor said if you cry, you might be infected. But I really couldn’t take it. I kept crying.” – Mr Shing (pseudonym), Wuhan resident
“In a crazy time like this, someone has to speak up and do the right and just thing. The reason I’m still brave enough to speak up is that I don’t think I have done anything against the law. If none of us do so, how can our society move forward? That’s why I must speak up, even if it means I sacrifice everything I have. I have no regrets.” – Zhang Yi, Wuhan resident and activist
The clampdown on the internet in China intensifies. In effective on 1 March, in the “Provisions on Ecological Governance of Network Information Content”, the Order of the Cyberspace Administration of China says the provisions are to promote positive energy, “for the purposes of creating a good network ecology, protecting the legitimate rights and interests of citizens, legal persons and other organizations, and safeguarding national security and public interests.”
Since January 23rd, the city of Wuhan has been under lockdown. 11 million people have been subjected to unprecedented quarantine restrictions for more than a month.
As public discontent has grown, the state has clamped down and restricted communications in social media. Authorities have silenced critics and arrested citizen journalists, including Fang Bin , Chen Qiushi and Li Zehua.
Not everyone is willing to stay silent though. We spoke to some locals who have experienced heartbreaks, but determined to fight the battle.
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