Families of people killed by the coronavirus at ground zero of the epidemic in Wuhan, China, said Thursday that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is silencing them during a visit from World Health Organization (W.H.O.) investigators.
Relatives of the Wuhan dead who banded together on social media to seek accountability for CCP officials have never been treated well by their government, but on Thursday AFP reported they are under increasing pressure to keep quiet during W.H.O.’s investigation into the origins of the Chinese coronavirus:
A group on social media platform WeChat used by 80 to 100 family members over the past year was suddenly deleted without explanation about 10 days ago, said Zhang Hai, a group member and a vocal critic of the outbreak’s handling.
“This shows that (Chinese authorities) are very nervous. They are afraid that these families will get in touch with the WHO experts,” said Zhang, 51, whose father died early in the pandemic of suspected Covid-19 [coronavirus].
“When the WHO arrived in Wuhan, (authorities) forcibly demolished (the group). As a result we have lost contact with many members,” Zhang added.
Among other activities troublesome to the CCP, the Wuhan survivors’ group has accused officials of severely under-counting the number of infected and dead in Wuhan and helping the virus to spread by attempting to conceal the outbreak in late 2019.