Chinese whistleblower doctor honored on death anniversary

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — The message honoring the Chinese whistleblower doctor who died of the coronavirus a year ago was tucked into a bouquet of chrysanthemums left by a mourner at the back of Wuhan Central Hospital. It was simply the number of a Bible verse, Matthew 5:10. “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” A year ago, Dr. Li Wenliang died from the virus first detected in this Chinese city. A small stream of people marked the anniversary at the hospital. The 34-year-old became a beloved and sympathetic figure in China after it was revealed that he was one the whistleblowers who authorities had punished early for spreading rumors about a SARS-like virus.last_img