“I’m putting myself at risk,” the man says, speaking through a face mask. “The police might grab me any minute, but I want to send this video out to let outside people know the truth of what’s happening in Wuhan.” He continues, “We ordinary people aren’t stupid. We’re not brainwashed.”
Taken together, the videos provide a mosaic of Wuhan under siege. One video, by an unidentified person, is taken from a car driving past a line of people stretching perhaps a mile or more, waiting in the hopes of buying face masks. Another video, which has since been scrubbed from the Internet, showed a man standing on a bridge shouting that he’d been sent away by hospitals even though he is sick. He calls out to whoever may be listening that he can’t go home, since he fears infecting his wife and daughter. Then the video starts to shake and the image becomes too blurred to be made out, but the voice of the man taking the film can be heard saying, “He’s jumped.”
In yet another video that was viewed before it disappeared from the Internet a young woman in a hospital bed loudly protests as doctors or nurses remove her oxygen mask, saying “You don’t need it anymore.” The woman takes a video of a letter she’s written in which she tells her friends and relatives that, “If I die, it’s because they murdered me.”
And then there’s the one put out by a man calling himself Chen Quishi, who says he’s a professional reporter who has decided to make videos of his own to distinguish between “fake news and the truth.” In one of them, he reports on a visit to a hospital where the entry corridor is full of people awaiting treatment, while nearby are three corpses that have been there all day.