Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is a virus that creates viruses! (part 2 of 2)
Updated: Dec 24, 2020
Under the CCP China does not have the rule of law, it has the rule by law in which this authoritarian regime, the worst in the World's history, dictates everything to its citizens and increasingly to everyone and everything on our Earth. CCP is a virus!
We should note that a virus, rather like a parasite, will sometimes disable particular functions or parts of its host organism. A virus doesn't know it's a virus. It can be very tricky, hiding or masking itself when needs be, to evade detection. It can present itself as something else more desirable. A virus, just like the CCP, can do things that will deflect attention from themselves, all the while hiding the damage they inflict. It can be quite selective in who and what it infects, and what effect it will have on those inflicted. It might make those infected act as if they are possessed. What is more, a virus like the CCP can send out nasty little mercenaries who do required field work on its behalf.
(See Part 1 of this blog, about the historical record of the CCP.)
CCP is a virus: creating and spreading public health viruses including SARS and Covid-19
United Nations International Covenant of Civil and Politicial Rights (ICCPR):
Article 6.1 "Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life."
Article 7 "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation."
China's and the World's global public health problem is that Southern China's wet markets, which are selling wildlife for human consumption, are virus hot spots. This is not Hong Kong's (HK) problem! China needs to be held responsible by all countries, communities and individuals who are affected!
With the outbreak in China of SARS in 2003 and now in 2020 with the Covid-19 (referred in early documents as 'Wuhan coronavirus') HKers are once again suffering from the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) ongoing breaches of the ICCPR and 1984 Sino - British Joint Declaration. Under the Joint Declaration HK must have a high degree of autonomy and unchanged lifestyle.
HK's Basic Law Article 109 "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall provide an appropriate economic and legal environment for the maintenance of the status of Hong Kong as an international financial centre."
CCP's public health virus outbreaks in China that lead on to viral outbreaks in HK do not support the China's Basic Law obligations for HK as an international financial centre!
Since January 2020 the majority of HKers have wanted HK to be locked down from China with NO people passing through the border between HK and China during this Covid-19 outbreak on the mainland. To date HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam has taken a contrary position and HK remains open to infection by mainland Chinese bringing Covid-19 into HK.
There are rumours that CCP officials knew about the Covid-19 virus as early as October 2019. The origin of this virus has not yet been demonstrated (see video below).
CCP is a virus: China spent the crucial first days of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak arresting people who posted about it online and threatening journalists
Source: Business insider 24 January 2020
As the Wuhan coronavirus death toll rose to at least 18 on Thursday, the Chinese government is facing questions over its vice grip on the flow of information in the early days of the outbreak.
In early January, the Wuhan police said they had arrested eight people accused of spreading "rumors" about what was then a mysterious pneumonia causing serious complications in patients.
When the coronavirus made national headlines, more and more journalists began to describe being detained or threatened with arrest by Chinese authorities while reporting on the outbreak.
The Wuhan outbreak immediately harked back to the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s, which the Chinese government tried to cover up. The two viruses are in the same family, which also includes the common cold and pneumonia, but Wuhan so far is much milder than SARS.
While the government was almost immediately forthcoming with the international community about this outbreak, its actions in suppressing information at home have left some experts concerned that it made the situation worse than it might have been.
The coronavirus has spread outside China to Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and the US.
Aside from the actions of the Chinese government, Eric Toner, a senior scientist at Johns Hopkins University, says the virus itself still has a lot of unknowns that health officials need to figure out.
"The information that has been coming out of China so far is incomplete," Toner told Business Insider's Aria Bendix. "There's an awful lot we don't yet know."
Wuhan police make arrests as the disease spreads
Chinese officials first reported the outbreak to the World Health Organization on December 31. Early on, officials cracked down on talk about the illness online. Just four days later, the Wuhan police said they had summoned eight people accused of spreading "rumors" about the virus.
According to Poynter, the people who were arrested posted on the social network Weibo or other messaging apps that SARS was back. Poynter tried to figure out what had happened to the eight people but struggled. It reported that the state-owned Global Times cited an anonymous police source who said the group was not kept in custody or punished.
Journalists are threatened and detained for reporting on the fast-moving virus
There have also been concerning reports of journalists being detained or threatened with arrest while reporting on the coronavirus in Wuhan.
The Hong Kong news outlet TVB reported on January 14 that a group of journalists, including one of its reporters, were detained for hours while covering the outbreak at a Wuhan hospital that has been treating patients. According to the report, the journalists were at Jinyintan Hospital to get a briefing in the morning when a "group of plainclothes policemen" confronted them and started asking questions.
TVB said its reporter was "then taken to the police room in the hospital for questioning, and asked to delete the materials shot in the hospital."
The Time reporter Charlie Campbell recalled a similar incident while reporting at the seafood market pinpointed as the source of the outbreak. He said he was "repeatedly threatened with arrest while observing the scene from the street."
"A police officer at the market would only confirm they were continuing 'analysis,'" he wrote.
History repeating itself?
China has been more transparent with the international community with this outbreak than it was with SARS. Then, the government under-reported cases until a whistleblower doctor revealed the truth.
But when it comes to giving information to its own people, the message from China has been lacking.
In the early days of the outbreak, officials downplayed the seriousness of the virus, saying it was controlled, according to The New York Times.
Poynter reported that officials initially said the virus came from animals and could not be spread among humans, something that later proved to be incorrect.
Just days before the entire city was quarantined, Wuhan hosted a major banquet involving 40,000 families to try to set a world record, The Times reported.
The virus wasn't even front-page news on the Wuhan Evening News, the city's best-selling newspaper, from January 6 to January 19, according to the Financial Times.
During this time, the city was hosting annual meetings for top municipal and provincial officials (January 7-17). Dali Yang, an expert on Chinese bureaucracy at the University of Chicago, told the Financial Times that this event was most certainly a factor in the toned-down government response.
"This is a major factor that the authorities in Wuhan city sought to project an air of calm and most likely delayed taking action to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus," Yang said.
A public-health expert, who asked not to be named, told the Financial Times: "There is a question of whether the alert [was] in place sufficiently quickly this time."
While the official order is that anyone who hides infections will be "forever nailed to history's pillar of shame," the actions taken by the government so far are telling a different story.
"The authorities are sending a signal, which is that only the government agencies can talk about the epidemic," Yu Ping, a former Southern Metropolis Daily reporter, wrote on his personal blog, according to The New York Times. "All other people should just shut up."
The information crackdown has also led to some discontent among average Chinese citizens talking about the outbreak online.
"Why is the government scared of public discussion?" one Weibo user wrote, according to Time. "They are slow to handle the crisis, but fast to shut people up."
"If the government wants us to trust them, they should be trustworthy, first," another Weibo user said. "If we have lost confidence in them, the government needs to reflect on itself instead of shutting people up."
CCP is a virus: Funeral Homes in China's Wuhan 'Working 24/7 to Cremate Bodies'
Source: RFA 14 February 2020. Reported by Qiao Long and Li Zhizhi for RFA's Mandarin and Cantonese Services. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.
Funeral homes in central China are working round the clock to cremate bodies during the coronavirus epidemic, while advertising to recruit manual workers to collect dead bodies from people's homes by night, RFA has learned. The Wuchang Funeral Home in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, recently advertised for 20 new members of staff to man a four-hour night shift collecting bodies from their homes. An advertisement seen by RFA offered 4,000 yuan (U.S.$572) for four hours' work. The average monthly salary for city-dwellers in China is around 8,452 yuan (U.S.$1,228.38). The ad calls for applicants aged 16-50 years old, regardless of gender, with "bold and strong" personalities who have no fear of ghosts. Shifts will run from 4.00 p.m. to 4.00 a.m. daily, with the option of earning up to 8,000 yuan a night. The advertisement emerged as the number of deaths of patients confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus rose to 1,318 in Hubei, out of a total of 1,384 worldwide. More than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have now been infected by COVID-19, and six of them have died, Zeng Yixin, vice director of the National Health Commission, told a news conference on Friday. Higher numbers suspected But there are indications that the true number of deaths in a city under quarantine may be far higher than the reported numbers indicate. Social media users said there are 84 incinerators located at seven funeral homes across Wuhan, with a capacity to perform 2,016 cremations in any 24-hour period. All of those funeral homes have been working around the clock in recent weeks, with dead bodies lying in rows waiting for cremation, social media reports said. Wuhan voluntary worker Zhong Qiang, who recently carried out an unofficial survey of funeral homes and crematoria in Wuhan, said what he saw backed up the claims of 24-7 cremation in the city. "There is a fairly small funeral home in Wuhan that is able to cremate more than 100 dead bodies a day," Zhong said. "They have been doing so since mid-January, and it's been going on for more than 20 days." "That's several thousand bodies per funeral home, right?" he asked. He said the funeral facilities in the city are struggling to cope with the sheer volume of cremations needed. "There are seven or eight funeral homes, and even they aren't enough to keep up with demand," Zhong said. "Some are using volunteer workers from other provinces to keep working around the clock." He said a small crematorium typically has around 11 furnaces that can cremate 120 bodies a day, while the larger facilities have double that number." "You do the math," Zhong said, adding that his visits to these facilities had led him to doubt that the official figures were even close to giving a true picture of the impact of COVID-19. "I'm convinced that there are more than 500,000 infections [in Wuhan alone]," Zhong said.
Authorities slow to act Hubei environmental activist Huang Yi said local government officials had been too slow to act at the start of the epidemic. "They were too late to the game, because they were trying to protect their careers and pass the buck," Huang said. " "In the case of the Baibuting Park [Lunar New Year] 10,000 Families Feast, the lower-ranking officials were saying it would be best to call it off, but the higher-ranking ones thought that only a few hundred people would be saved from infection." "Quite a few of those people are no longer with us: even the two photographers died," he said. "That's why bureaucracy and the [current] climate of political correctness [under President Xi Jinping] is harming people."
CCP is a virus: Hong Kong Protesters Build Barricades, Set Fire to Railway Station Amid Anger Over Virus
Source: RFA 16 February 2020. Reported by RFA's Cantonese and Mandarin Services. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.
Protesters in Hong Kong returned to the streets at the weekend amid growing public anger over the city authorities' handling of the coronavirus epidemic, with one group setting fire to a railway station and another damaging a local clinic.
The protesters occupied Tin Sau Road in Tin Shui Wai district and built barricades with rubbish bins, wooden boards, foam boxes and debris to block multi-lane highways, the government said on Sunday.
The demonstrations came after a group of people set fire to a ticket machine inside Tin Sau Light Rail (LRT) station on Saturday.
"They even poured suspected flammable liquid onto the blaze," the government said in a statement, adding that some protesters threw trash cans onto a track while a train was passing through in the other direction.
Riot police were dispatched to the scene, surrounded around 20 black-clad protesters and ordering them to remove their masks and show their ID, firing pepper spray at them. At least 14 people were arrested. The government said the incident happened after an earlier, peaceful demonstration had ended.
Riot police also gathered in Fo Tan, in the New Territories, along with an armored vehicle and a water cannon, ahead of a planned demonstration on Saturday afternoon.
Another group marched in Tai Po against plans to use the local Tai Po Jockey Club primary care clinic into a center for "mild" COVID-19 cases, chanting slogans calling on the government to close down the city's border with mainland China.
They told reporters that there had been no consultation with local residents about the clinic before the plan was announced.
Growing anger with Lam
While people arriving from mainland China are required to undergo a 14-day period of quarantine, Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam has stopped short of shutting down the border entirely, saying it is "discriminatory."
Hundreds of people marched in separate protests in Kwai Chung, Tin Shui Wai and Cheung Sha Wan over plans by the government to designate clinics across the city for the treatment of "mild cases" of COVID-19, to ease the expected pressure on hospitals.
Hong Kong's Hospital Authority also issued a statement saying that the Jockey Club General Outpatient Clinic on Ting Kok Road in Tai Po has been "maliciously damaged" several times.
It said the incident had disrupted patient care, and police were investigating.
The unrest came amid growing public anger with Lam's administration over her refusal to close the border with mainland China, which reported a total of 69,507 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and a death toll of 1,596.
The Hong Kong authorities confirmed on Sunday that they will be chartering a free evacuation flight to bring home Hong Kong residents currently aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which is currently quarantined in Japan.
"[The Hong Kong] government is arranging a chartered flight to take Hong Kong residents under quarantine on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship back to Hong Kong free of charge soonest possible after they are permitted to disembark and land," a security bureau spokesman said.
There are around 330 Hong Kong residents on board the vessel, 260 of whom hold a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport and around 70 of whom are foreign nationals permanently resident in the city.
Critic Xu incommunicado
Japan announced another 70 infections had been confirmed on the Diamond Princess on Sunday. Canada, the United States and Italy said they were planning similar flights.
[Last year] plans by Lam to make amendments to Hong Kong's laws that would allow the extradition of alleged criminal suspects to face trial in mainland China sparked mass street protests that began in June, soon followed by widespread public anger at police use of force against peaceful demonstrators. Lam formally withdrew the hated amendments, but faces protesters' demands for an amnesty for those arrested in the 2019 protests, an independent public inquiry into police violence and abuse of power, an end to the description of protesters as "rioters," and fully democratic elections.
Chinese state media revealed on Saturday evening that President Xi Jinping had had much more of a hand in directing the ruling Chinese Communist Party's response to the epidemic, sending out instructions to local officials, four of whom have since been fired, as early as Jan. 7, weeks before the public was warned that the virus is transmissible between people.
The news emerged as Chinese professor Xu Zhangrun was reported incommunicado after publishing a lengthy critique of Xi's handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Xu’s account has been suspended on the social media platform WeChat, and friends have been unable to get in touch with him for days, The Guardian reported.
"Most believe he has not been detained, and is at home in Beijing, but his name has been scrubbed from Weibo, and only a few articles from several years ago showing up on the country’s biggest search engine, Baidu," the paper said.
Xu's essay, title "Viral Alarm: When Fury Overcomes Fear," was published last week.
His "disappearance" comes amid a public outcry over the death on Feb. 7 of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who was accused of rumor-mongering by police after he tried to warn people about the severity of the new outbreak in his city. Li eventually caught the virus himself and died of it.
See Part 1 of this blog, about the historical record of the CCP.