(Minghui.org) After the novel coronavirus (now often referred to as the CCP virus, after the Chinese Communist Party) broke out in Wuhan, fear and panic gripped the city. A worker who transported corpses to crematories said that he and his coworkers worked from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m. every day, transporting eight bodies each trip (as compared to only one body per trip in the past).

As the epidemic intensified, some people dropped dead on the street; or one person got sick and infected their entire family; or several people in one family died of the virus within days of each other.

Facing this dire situation, many stubborn people who used to believe in the “greatness” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) changed their mind. One man initially blamed others for “spreading rumors” on Weibo (a popular Chinese microblogging website): “If you do not believe in our nation and Party, what can you believe?!” Soon after, his relatives became infected and could not get a hospital bed. His subsequent posts were then filled with cries for help and cursing the CCP.

Li Wenliang, a doctor who was punished by the authorities for sounding the alarm about the epidemic, later died of the disease. As many people blamed the CCP online for the young doctor's death, one student wrote, “It is the virus that killed him. We should remain calm and listen to the Party.” Upon returning to his university, however, the student found that his own dorm had been re-purposed to house coronavirus patients without advanced notice.

It is relatively easy to stand with the CCP and blame others as an unaffected onlooker; but it is a totally different story when one becomes a victim of the CCP.

As the pandemic sweeps through more than 200 countries and has so far infected over one million people worldwide, it is important to analyze the situation in order to gain a better understanding of this virus.

Hardest Hit Areas

Shuiguo Lake Area is one of the hardest hit areas in Wuhan, and, in many households, almost everyone had been infected. With the Hubei Provincial government compound located here, this area is also the political, economic, and cultural, as well as the science and technology center of Hubei. Its medical staff, technology, and facilities, such as Zhongnan Hospital, are superior to other regions. How, then, can the high infection and mortality rate in this area be explained?

Looking back in history, plagues in both Eastern and Western countries often came suddenly and disappeared just as mysteriously. Previous articles published on Minghui.org about ancient prophecies or plagues in the ancient Roman Empire have shown that such diseases often target certain people at certain times. 

It was said that the elderly and children have weaker immune systems and are susceptible populations. Based on statistics in Wuhan or China, however, there are many more middle-aged people who have been infected or died.

Another inconsistent aspect is the virus' spread. It is widely believed that physical contact or close proximity facilitate the transmission of infectious diseases, making isolation, along with personal protective equipment (such as gloves, masks), crucial for mitigation.

But things are not that simple. Take for example, Evagrius Scholasticus' documentation of the Plague of Justinian (541-542 AD) in Ecclesiastical History:

“Some perished by merely living with the infected, others by only touching them, others by having entered their chamber, others by frequenting public places. Some, having fled from the infected cities, escaped themselves, but imparted the disease to the healthy.

“Some were altogether free from contagion, though they had associated with many who were afflicted, and had touched many not only in their sickness but also when dead. Some, too, who were desirous of death, on account of the utter loss of their children and friends, and with this view placed themselves as much as possible in contact with the diseased, were nevertheless not infected; as if the pestilence struggled against their purpose.”

Similar things also happened in Wuhan: some people were not infected despite exposure to the virus, while some had no symptoms even after infection.

As the location of the Hubei Provincial government, Shuiguo Lake and Wuhan City in general have played a critical role in persecuting Falun Gong, a meditation system based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.

When former CCP leader Jiang Zemin planned to suppress Falun Gong in April 1999, Zhao Zhizhen, then managing director of the Wuhan City Radio and Television Bureau and Wuhan TV Station, took the lead in following Jiang's order.

In late June 1999, Wuhan TV dispatched three staff members and filmed a 6-hour defamatory video entitled “About Li Hongzhi [founder of Falun Gong].” This video not only played a critical role in damaging Falun Gong’s reputation but was also replayed through numerous media channels to stir up public hatred against Falun Gong. More and more slanderous videos were produced afterward.

According to information on the Chinese Embassy website, a nationwide conference was held in Wuhan in March 2001 to intensify the persecution against Falun Gong. Since that conference, the suppression worsened in both Hubei Province and across China.

Forced Organ Harvesting

Since 2006, countless pieces of evidence have confirmed state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China. Among the organizations involved, Tongji Hospital in Wuhan was one of the first hospitals in China that conducted organ transplants from questionable sources.

In February 2005 alone, over 1,000 kidney transplants were performed at this facility. At that time, its Organ Transplant Research Institute was a key center under the Public Health Commission. With a capability to transplant 14 organs, it was also the largest transplant center in China at the time.

Lin Zhengbin, deputy director of the Organ Transplant Research Institute, was hospitalized on January 27, 2020 and died of the coronavirus on February 10. During those two weeks, even the best medical staff and life support failed to save him.

Lin had conducted about 1,000 kidney transplants and his involvement with the forced organ harvesting remains to be reported.

Suppression through Religious Bureau

Wang Xianliang, 62, former chief of the Wuhan Religious and Ethnic Affairs Bureau, died at Wuhan Central Hospital on January 26, 2020. He was one of the first high-level officials in Wuhan who died of the CCP virus.

Religious bureaus across China have played an important role in the persecution of Falun Gong. After Jiang began to suppress Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, Ye Xiaowen, then director for the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) between 1995 to 2009, gave a 4-hour-long speech to various central government agencies defaming Falun Gong. This speech was later compiled as study materials for government agencies in Beijing.

Wang became the Wuhan Religious Bureau chief in 2012 and led many actions against Falun Gong. In 2014, he and Duan Dezhi from Wuhan University compiled a book to defame Falun Gong.

Wang and several other officials were investigated for corruption in 2017. As a result, he was demoted but still worked within the bureau.

A Doctor’s Tragedy 

Li Wenliang, one of the 8 doctors in Wuhan reprimanded on January 1 for raising awareness of the epidemic, died of the disease on February 7, 2020.

Since becoming a CCP member in his sophomore year in college, Li followed the Party closely. As Hong Kong residents protested in 2019 over the extradition bill, Li posted the CCP’s propaganda online, expressing his willingness to stand with the Party. He also asked his friends to do the same.

After being punished for “spreading rumors” on January 1, as reported by the state-owned Xinhua News Agency, CCTV reported that Li signed documents agreeing to remain quiet.

After contracting the disease on January 8, he was diagnosed with the infection on February 1, and died 6 days later.

Li had followed the Party closely throughout his life, during his college days, the Hong Kong democratic movement, and he became silent during the epidemic. This eventually cost him his life.

The real tragedy is that Li was hailed a hero for speaking the truth—the only time he did not follow the CCP closely. “Only when more people follow their conscience instead of the CCP will our society have a hope,” wrote one Chinese netizen on social media.