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''மணிரத்னம், ஷங்கர்கிட்டே அசிஸ்டென்ட்டா வேலை பார்க்கணும்!'' (விகடன்)


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வண்ணத் திரைக்கு 'பொம்மலாட்டம்', சின்னத் திரைக்கு 'தெக்கித்திப் பொண்ணு' என இரட்டைக் குதிரைகளுடன் இருக்கிறார் டைரக்டர் பாரதிராஜா.

''சினிமாவைக் கிராமத்துக்கு இழுத்துட்டுப் போனவன், இப்போ டி.விக்குள்ளேயும் கிராமத்தைக் கூட்டிட்டு வர்றேன். இதை முழு நீள சினிமான்னே சொல்லலாம். அதாவது சீரியல் என்ற பேர்ல வர்ற க்ளீன் க்ரீன் சினிமா!'' விழிகளும் விரல்களும் விளையாடப் பேசுகிறார்.

''இந்த மண்ணோடும், மக்களோடும், கலாசாரத்தோடும், மொழியோடும், உணர்வோடும் உட்கார்ந்து பார்க்க டி.வியில் எதுவுமே இல்லைன்னு நம்ம எல்லாருக்கும் ஒரு குறை இருந்ததே... அது இனி இருக்காது. 'தெக்கித்திப் பொண்ணு'... மூணு தலைமுறை மனுஷங்களோட கதை, கலைஞரின் விருப்பத்துக்காகச் செஞ்ச வேலை. 'ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்குய்யா... இந்த மண்ணை இவ்வளவு அழகா பதிவு செய்ய உன்னாலதான் முடியும்யா!'ன்னு படம் பார்த்த கலைஞர் நெகிழ்ந்து சொன்னார்!''

''காவிரி நீர்ப் பிரச்னையின்போது, திரையுலகத்தைத் திரட்டி நெய்வேலியில் போராட்டம் நடத்தியவர் நீங்க. ஆனா, இப்போ ஒகேனக்கல் பிரச்னைக்காக மொத்தத் திரையுலகமும் உண்ணாவிரதம் இருந்தபோது, அதில் ஏன் கலந்துக்கலை?''

''காவிரி நீர்ப் பிரச்னையில் பங்கீட்டு நடுவர் மன்றத்தை நிராகரித்து, சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட்டின் உத்தரவையும் கர்நாடக அரசு கைவிட்டப்போ, நெய்வேலியில் உணர்ச்சிமிகு ஊர்வலம் நடந்தது. ஆனா, அதுக்கு மறுநாளே இங்கே தனியா உண்ணாவிரதம் இருந்தாரே ஒரு நடிகர். அதுக்கும் நெய்வேலி வந்த அத்தனை பேரும் போய் கலந்துக்கிட்டாங்க. அது, ஏன் எதுக்குன்னு எனக்குப் புரியலை... அதனால், அப்போ நான் போகலை. அப்படின்னா, அதுக்கு முன்னாடி என் தலைமையில் நடந்த நெய்வேலி ஊர்வலம் தப்பா? எனக்கு அப்போ அதுக்கு யாரும் பதில் தரலை. அதனால், இப்போ இந்த உண்ணாவிரதத்துக்குப் போகணும்னு தோணலை!''

''முதல் தடவையா ரஜினி தமிழர்களின் உணர்வுகளை மதிச்சு, வெளிப்படையாகக் குரல் கொடுத்ததா, பரவலாக பெரிய கருத்து இருக்கு. அதைப்பற்றி என்ன நினைக்கிறீங்க?''

''ரஜினி, எப்பவும் யாருக்கும் பயப்படுற ஆள் கிடையாது. ரஜினி என்னிக்கும் தன் கருத்துக்களை மத்தவங்களுக்காக ஒளிச்சும் மறைச்சும் சொல்ற ஆள் இல்லை. எனக்கு ரஜினி காவிரி பிரச்னையில் தனியா உண்ணாவிரதம் இருந்தது மட்டும்தான் பிடிக்கலை. தனிப்பட்ட முறையில், நான் பார்த்த நடிகர்களில் பொய் சொல்லாத நடிகன். தமிழ் நீரோட்டத்தில் ரஜினி கலந்துட்டார். இனிமேல் யாரும் அவரைத் தனிமைப்படுத்திப் பேசக் கூடாது. அவர் தமிழ்நாட்டுக்கு விசுவாசமாகவும் உணர்வுபூர்வமாகவும் இருக்கார். இதுதான் நல்ல மாற்றம். இந்த உண்ணா விரதம் அவரை அசலா வெளியே கொண்டுவந்திருக்கு!''

''சத்யராஜின் பேச்சு எப்படி இருந்தது?''

''சத்யராஜ் ரொம்ப உணர்ச்சிபூர்வமாப் பேசினார். ஆனா, மனசுல நினைக்கிறதையெல்லாம் வெளியே கொட்டுறது தப்பு. சக கலைஞனை அதே மேடையில் வெச்சுக்கிட்டு, கொஞ்சம் ஒரு லைன் தாண்டிப் பேசிட்டாருங்கிறது வருத்தமா இருக்கு. ஆனா, பலவீனப்பட்டு இருந்த சமயத்தில் சத்யராஜ் ஓங்கிச் சத்தமிட்டாரே... அதைப் பாராட்டணும். மனுஷனுக்கு ஆவேசம் இல்லைன்னா, அவன் தமிழனே கிடையாதே!''

''ஆனா, கலைஞர் இந்த விஷயத்தை ஆறப்போட்டு இருக்கிறாரே!''

'' அட, இதெல்லாம் ஒரு நாளில் முடிகிற விஷயமில்லைங்க. நாம கொதிக்கிறதைப் பார்த்து, அங்கே கர்நாடகத்தில் தமிழர்களிடம் அவங்க விளையாடிவிடக் கூடாதுன்னு கலைஞர் நினைச்சிருக்கலாம். எலெக்ஷன் முடிஞ்ச பிறகு, எந்த அரசு வந்தாலும் நாகரிகத்தோடு மத்திய அரசை வெச்சு நெருக்கடி கொடுப்போம், நியாயத்தைப் பேசுவோம். கலைஞர் இந்தத் திட்டத்தைக் கிடப்பில் போட்டுட்டேன்னு சொல்லலியே. அவர் மிகச் சிறந்த அரசியல்வாதி மட்டுமில்லை, மிகச் சிறந்த தந்திரசாலி என்பதன் அடையாளம்தான் இது. சாதிச்சுக்க்காட்டுவார் பாருங்க!''

''என்னது, உங்க மகன் மனோஜ், இப்போ ஷங்கரிடம் உதவியாளராச் சேர்ந்திருக்காரே?''

''மனோஜ் ஒரு நாள் என்கிட்டே வந்தான். 'ஷங்கர் சார் ரோபோ பண்ணப்போறார். அதில் இருந்தா, ஒரு காலேஜ்ல படிச்ச மாதிரி இருக்கும். ஷங்கர் சார்கிட்டே கேட்கப்போறேன்னு சொன்னான். நான் சிபாரிசு பண்ண மாட்டேன்னு சொல்லிட்டேன். இவனே ஷங்கர்கிட்டே போயிருக்கான். அவருக்கு ஷாக். 'நீங்களே ஒரு டைரக்டரின் பையன். உங்களை நான் எப்படி வெச்சுக்க முடியும்?'னு கேட்டிருக்கார். 'நான் பாரதிராஜாவுக்குப் பையன்கிறது எங்க வீட்டோடு முடிஞ்சுபோயிடும். அப்பாகிட்டே, மணி சார்கிட்டே இருந்தேன். இன்னும் பத்தலையோன்னு தோணுது சார்'னு சொல்லியிருக்கான். மூணு தடவை கூப்பிட்டுப் பேசி, அவனைத் தன் அசிஸ்டென்ட்டா சேர்த்துக்கிட்டார். அட, எனக்கே மணிரத்னம், ஷங்கர்கிட்டே ஒரு அசிஸ்டென்ட்டா வேலை பார்க்கணும்னு ஆசையா இருக்குங்க!''

''எந்த சேனலைத் திருப்பினாலும் குத்தாட்டமாவே இருக்கே, கவனிக்கிறீங்களா?''

''நானே சின்னத் திரைக்கு வந்துட்டேன். இந்த ஆட்டம் எல்லாம் நடுக்கூடத்தில் வெச்சு எல்லோரையும் பார்க்கவெச்சுட்டாங்க. ஆட்டம், பாட்டம் கொண்டாட்டம் வேண்டியதுதான். வீரபாண்டித் திருவிழாக்கள்லயே ரெக்கார்ட் டான்ஸ் இருந்த காலம் உண்டு. ஆனா, சின்னப் பசங்களுக்கு அங்கே அனுமதி இல்லை. இது இப்போ சேனல்ல வர்றதையெல்லாம் பார்த்தா, பசங்க மனசை, மனப்பக்குவத்தைக் கெடுத்திடும்கிறது உண்மை. இது இந்த அளவோடு நிக்கணும். ஒண்ணை மட்டும் பார்த்தா, உலகத்தில் நடக்கிறது தெரியாமல் போயிடும். கதவையும் திறந்து பார்க்கணும், புழக் கடையையும் திறந்து பார்க்கணும். அப்ப தான் வீடு பாதுகாப்பா இருக்கும்!

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According to Hu Xingdou, professor of economics at Beijing Institute of Technology, “While the West values freedom and other human rights, Chinese people view food as their primary need because starving is a big threat and an unforgettable part of the national memory.” Furthermore, what may once have been born of necessity is now an indication of status. “While feeding themselves is not a problem to many Chinese nowadays,” Hu continued, “eating novel food or meat, organs or parts from rare animals or plants has become a measure of identity to some people.” This collision of cultural identity and the chaotic reality of life inside wet markets such as Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market—as well as a profound refusal to learn the lessons that SARS should have taught—would provide the ideal breeding ground for the return of a disease everyone thought had gone away forever. When COVID-19, a new, deadlier strain of SARS, was discovered, that initial collision was made indescribably worse by the deliberate actions of governments, as you will learn through the pages of this book—first in China and then elsewhere—who, for one reason or another, sought to downplay the threat … with horrific, worldwide consequences. *** On December 31, 2019, when Chinese authorities contacted the World Health Organization and informed them of “cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology detected in Wuhan”—the first official admission that there was anything unusual happening in the city—few would have dared guess just how much carnage this “unknown pneumonia” would go on to cause around the world. In fact, at that time the Chinese government was still denying that the new strain of pneumonia was in any way linked to SARS. And they were prepared to go to extreme lengths to prove they were right. One man, however, was convinced that these patients were potentially the forerunners of a pandemic. His name was Li Wenliang. A little over a month later, he would be dead. Dr. Li was an ophthalmologist who worked as a physician at Wuhan Central Hospital. He was known as a calm, patient, and diligent doctor, a dedicated family man, married with one child and another due in the spring. He had been at Wuhan Central since 2014, and at thirty-three years old was a fit and healthy man, with a keen interest in basketball. On December 30, 2019, Dr. Li’s world was turned upside down. It began with a patient’s report from his colleague Dr. Ai Fen, director of the emergency department at the hospital. In the preceding weeks she had treated two patients who had been admitted with apparent influenza, but strangely for whom conventional treatment methods did not seem to have had any effect. One was a delivery person at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market; the other had no apparent history of contact with the market—and seemingly no connection with the first patient. What seemed a strange coincidence took a more frightening turn after Dr. Ai saw the lab results from one of those patients. The report contained the words “SARS coronavirus, pseudomonas aeruginosa, 46 types of oral / respiratory colonisation bacteria.” Dr. Ai circled the word “SARS” and sent an image of it to another doctor, who forwarded it to his colleagues; by the afternoon it had spread through Wuhan’s medical circles until it reached Dr. Li. As other doctors passed on the information and shared details of their own patients, it turned out those two cases were not as unique as first expected. At 5:43 p.m., Dr. Li posted in a private WeChat group of his medical school classmates. (WeChat is China’s biggest and most comprehensive multipurpose messaging and social media app, akin to WhatsApp, and boasting a billion monthly users. It is also subject to whispers of political censorship and mass surveillance by the Chinese government. Imagine Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Apple Pay all combined … but watched over by Big Brother.) Dr. Li’s message read: “Seven confirmed cases of SARS were reported from Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.” He also posted shots of the patient’s diagnosis report and CT scan image before adding, “They are being isolated in the emergency department of our hospital.” Fifty-nine minutes later, he received a reply warning him that WeChat was not a secure platform. “Be careful,” said the message, “or else our chat group might be dismissed.” But around him, the toll mounted. More pneumonia cases with unknown causes presenting with fever, fatigue, coughing, and breathing difficulties continued to be diagnosed. Undeterred, Dr. Li kept posting. “The latest news is it has been confirmed that they are coronavirus infections, but the exact virus strain is being subtyped,” he wrote, adding, “Don’t circulate the information outside of this group, tell your family and loved ones to take caution.” Dr. Li’s posts were not kept within the group. Screenshots were taken and shared. To use an unfortunate phrase, under the circumstances, his warnings of a new, potentially deadlier strain of SARS went viral. It did not take long for Big Brother to notice. Within twenty-four hours, the authorities became involved—but not in the way one might have hoped, expected, or even imagined. The Chinese state’s response to Dr. Li’s posts was not to take swift, decisive action against the threat of a new epidemic, but to attempt to swiftly, decisively silence any mention of it. The cover-up had begun. On January 1, 2020, Wuhan police announced that eight internet users were being punished for “spreading rumors.” They claimed that these eight people were guilty of, in the words of the Beijing News, “posting and forwarding false information on the Internet without verification, causing adverse social impact.” Two days later, the Wuhan Public Security Bureau interrogated Dr. Li, issuing him with a warning notice and censuring him for “making false comments on the Internet.” He was made to sign a letter of admonition promising not to do it again. The police warned him that if he failed to learn from the warning and continued to violate the law, he would be prosecuted. They also issued a report stating that Dr. Li’s original message, “Seven confirmed cases of SARS were reported from Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market,” was unequivocally false. Why exactly were the authorities so desperate to bury such potentially important information? What could their motivations for suppressing warnings of a deadly new coronavirus possibly spring from? The censorship did not end with Dr. Li and the other seven so-called “rumor makers.” In early March 2020, a report issued by the Toronto-based research group Citizen Lab found that WeChat had begun censoring key words about the coronavirus outbreak from as early as January 1—in other words, almost from the moment Dr. Ai first became aware of it and Dr. Li messaged his fellow medical students warning them of a potential virus. Citizen Lab’s report found that during the whole of January, WeChat censored no fewer than 132 keyword combinations … and that during the first fifteen days of February—by which time the cat was well and truly out of the bag—a further 384 new keywords were added to the blacklist. These all included references to Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, references to government policies on handling the epidemic, and responses to the outbreak in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. References to Dr. Li were also censored. As well as the crackdown on WeChat, the report noted that popular Chinese live-streaming site YY also blacklisted forty-five keywords from its platform, including the terms “Unknown Wuhan pneumonia” and “SARS outbreak in Wuhan.” Somebody, it seemed obvious, was trying to rewrite history. Did the executives behind WeChat and YY make the decision to censor content and supposedly private messages themselves, perhaps conscious of attracting official reprimands for being seen as vessels for “posting and forwarding false information on the Internet”? If that is the case, it would seem they were not only extremely quick off the block to quash any kind of rumors, but also immediately and astonishingly aware of the Communist Party’s desire to keep this particular information locked down. What seems far more likely is that those whispers of state involvement and surveillance through the likes of WeChat and YY are more than whispers after all. For a regime that has banned Google and Wikipedia altogether, attempting to control the spread of information—and specifically what information is spread—by effectively censoring the internet itself does not seem so far-fetched. “It’s appalling to see the wide range of terms, even including some non-sensitive terms, [being] censored,” Patrick Poon, a researcher at Amnesty International, told the BBC in March. “It shows how obsessed and concerned the Chinese government is [in] trying to curb any discussion … that falls outside the official narrative. It’s totally about social control and deprives citizens of their rights to freedom of information and expression.” That “social control” of its own citizens was to have a devastating effect on the whole planet. *** For the moment, however, it seemed the Chinese authorities’ efforts to quash any talk of a new SARS outbreak was proving successful. WeChat was shutting down attempts to spread awareness, YY was doing the same, Dr. Li Wenliang had been publicly admonished, an official statement had been put out, and life in the People’s Republic was to carry on as normal. Except, of course, it wasn’t. Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was closed on January 1 by the Wuhan health authorities. It was later admitted that this was in response to Dr. Ai’s initial patients, and that the closure was to conduct investigations into the outbreak, as well as to clean and disinfect the market. But at the time, the state-run Xinhua News Agency claimed its closure was simply for “renovations.” It was too little, too late, and with much of the population being kept ignorant of the disease, COVID-19 began to spread like wildfire. On January 2, forty-one patients were hospitalized in Wuhan with the new coronavirus, now named 2019-n-Cov; 66 percent of them had had direct exposure to Huanan wet market. The following day, health authorities reported forty-four cases, eleven of whom were “seriously ill.” That same day, Dr. Li Wenliang resumed his position at Wuhan Central Hospital. What followed was the bitterest twist of fate in this horrific story to date. On January 8, just over a week after his original WeChat posting and just five days after returning to work, Dr. Li treated a female patient with glaucoma. At that time, she showed no obvious signs of infection with coronavirus—her body temperature was normal and she did not appear to have a cough. Prior to its closure, she had been a storekeeper at Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. The next day the woman developed a fever, and a CAT scan revealed she had a lung infection. It emerged that two of her relatives had also developed fevers. Despite the official warnings to keep quiet, Dr. Li was convinced this was another case of the new virus—and reported to the hospital that this was evidence that it could be transmitted human to human. He would be proved horribly correct. On January 10, Dr. Li developed a cough, followed quickly by a fever, and was admitted to the hospital—as a patient—after a scan showed he too had a lung infection. His parents were also admitted with the same infection. Two days later, Dr. Li was placed in intensive care. As his condition worsened—and more and more people became infected—Dr. Li Wenliang once again became a household name in China. This time, his attempts to warn the country about the disease were acknowledged, rather than suppressed. In a national TV broadcast on January 29, Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said on national television that Dr. Li and the other seven people punished by the police for speaking out the month before should not be considered troublemakers but instead be held in “high regard.” The same day—perhaps in an attempt to retrospectively shift the blame onto the Wuhan police force and away from the state apparatus—China’s Supreme People’s Court issued a statement on its social media account. According to them, they now realized that the police had been too heavy-handed. “It might have been a fortunate thing if the public had believed the ‘rumor’ then and started to wear masks and carry out sanitization measures,” they now said. On January 30, Dr. Li was confirmed as having what we now know as COVID-19. That same day, he gave an interview to a reporter from Caixin Media, one of China’s most influential investigative journalism media groups. He described how he believed it was that single exposure to the glaucoma patient that had given him the infection. “One of our patients who was hospitalized for glaucoma had a weak appetite but normal body temperature,” he said. “We didn’t realize anything was wrong at that time. But she still had a weak appetite after her eyes had healed and had a fever. The same day she got a fever, her family members also had a fever, indicating human-to-human transmission. “At first I didn’t take any protective measures. After the patient was transferred, I started coughing and had a fever the next day. After that I started wearing an N95 mask. On January 12, I had a test for respiratory viruses and a CT scan. The results were highly suspicious for a coronavirus infection. My colleagues showed similar symptoms later and my parents also fell sick three or four days later. My condition deteriorated and now I need antibiotic, antiviral, and globulin injections and extra oxygen every day.” He also explained how he had never wanted to be a whistleblower or a subversive of any kind, but simply acted to warn his friends about what he believed to be a dangerous new strain of SARS. “I sent the message to a group of 150 former classmates and emphasized that the message should not be spread beyond the group. I wanted to remind my schoolmates who work on the front lines to protect themselves. “That night, I received some WeChat messages asking me about the matter with screenshots of my earlier messages. Most of the screenshots were incomplete. After mentioning that there were seven confirmed SARS-like cases, I emphasized that it was some type of coronavirus that still needed confirmation. But that was not included in the screenshots that were widely spread online. I thought I could get in trouble because it was sensitive information and it was during a sensitive time when the city was having its annual meeting of legislators. At first I was angry at the people who spread the messages without hiding my identity. But later I understood that they too were worried about their families and friends when they distributed the message. “I never thought the police would pursue me. On January 3, they called me to sign a letter of admonishment. I had never had trouble with the police before and was worried. So I went and signed without telling my family. I was worried that it might lead to punishment by the hospital and affect my career.” Even as he lay in intensive care, struggling to breathe, his body ravaged by the disease he had been silenced for trying to warn people about, Li Wenliang insisted he bore no ill will to the Chinese state. “I just wanted to warn my former classmates not to panic,” he said. “I don’t want to cause trouble with the police. I’m afraid of trouble. It is more important for people to know the truth. To clear my name is not that important to me. Justice lies in people’s hearts. “I believe there should be more than one voice in a healthy society. I don’t agree with the use of public power to overly interfere.” Finally, the reporter asked Dr. Li if he felt like a hero for trying to raise the alarm so quickly. His answer was nothing short of heroic. “I don’t deserve this designation. I was just aware of the information and warned my classmates. I didn’t think that much at the time. After I recover, I still want to go back to the front line. Now the epidemic is still spreading. I don’t want to be a deserter.” A week later, on the night of Thursday, February 6, social media lit up with reports that Dr. Li’s heart had briefly stopped, that he had been placed on an artificial respirator, and that doctors were battling to keep him alive. Within hours, some 17 million users logged onto a livestream of updates from the hospital, desperate for news of his condition. Thousands of users flooded microblogging platform Weibo, demanding the Wuhan police offer a formal apology to the doctor. “Apologize to people all over the nation,” wrote one user. It was all in vain. At 2:58 a.m. the following morning, February 7, 2020, the hospital announced that Dr. Li Wenliang had died. “It happened so suddenly,” one doctor in Wuhan told reporters. “Humans are like ants sometimes. We are too small.” Another was even bleaker. “Our hope is gone. He was our hero.” ***   When Dr. Li Wenliang sent his fateful WeChat message, nobody had heard of COVID-19—and the Chinese state seemed determined to keep it that way. By the time of his death just 40 days later, 545 residents of Wuhan were dead of the virus, with a further 154 elsewhere in China. A staggering 37,198 cases in total had been recorded throughout the country, with an additional 354 cases recorded in other countries, including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Canada, and the United States, as well as no fewer than eight European countries, including the United Kingdom.   In the port of Yokohama, Japan, 3,700 passengers and crew had been quarantined onboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess. At least 712 of them would test positive for the virus, and 13 would die of the disease. How could COVID-19 spread so swiftly, so far, even after the warnings of Wuhan? The first portion of blame unquestionably lies with Xi Jinping, the general secretary of the Communist Party of China and president of the People’s Republic. Even as Dr. Li lay in intensive care, President Xi made a decision that would ultimately condemn the world: he allowed five million people to leave the epicenter of the virus without being screened. By the time Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province were locked down on January 23, it was already too late. Dr. Li was right to be frightened when he saw that first patient report. This new coronavirus was unlike anything in living memory—for speed of transmission, for virulence, and for its utter lack of discrimination as to who it infected. He only wanted to warn the world. Why were such efforts made to keep him from doing so? And just how deep does the cover-up go? The following chapters will expose the extraordinary lengths the Chinese government continued to go to in order to conceal the true horror of COVID-19 even after Dr. Li’s death—but will also tell how they have not been the only world power to do so. We will show how the British and American governments in particular have arguably exceeded even the worst of Beijing’s COVID-19 crimes. In death, Dr. Li will be remembered as one of the most important whistleblowers the world has ever seen. He spoke up. He told the truth. He had public integrity. Yet he died as a result. As great a tragedy as Dr. Li’s death is, attention must now—quite rightfully—turn to those who covered up the depth and destructive nature of the disease. The chain of events that led from that initial diagnosis of a single delivery worker at Huanan wet market to the most terrifying pandemic of the modern age is a story about the failure of those we trust to look after us. Not doctors—the doctors have been heroes—but those in government. It goes far deeper than President Xi Jinping. It traverses the globe to Europe, Brazil, the United Kingdom—and ultimately, to the White House itself. In a tearful video posted to social media the day after his death, Li Wenliang’s mother had a stark and simple message for the men and women in power worldwide. “We will not be OK if they do not give us an explanation.” http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2020/11/the-greatest-cover-up-in-history-once.html?m=1
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