After the police reprimand, Dr. Li turned right around to serve in the first line of care. Unfortunately, he became a victim of the virus himself. His parents have also been infected. From the intensive care unit, Dr. Li still rallied for media interviews so that people could know the truth, an expression of his kindheartedness.

Dr. Li was punished for telling the truth, and because the truth was suppressed he became a victim of this tragedy. His death in the line of duty is symbolic. Some say the outpouring of condolences online is equivalent to giving him the solemnest of state funerals.

In order to memorialize this good doctor, to remember this enormous tragedy, and to warn of the consequences of repressing speech, we hereby call upon the masses, organizations, enterprises and institutions, independent media, and the overseas Chinese community,

To declare the day of Doctor Li Wenliang’s death, February 6, 2020, the “People’s Day of Truth” (全民真话日) on this day every year, we will observe three minutes of silence to honor Dr. Li and to reflect on this tragedy.

No one is an island. We share in both joy and sorrow. Every adult must bear their own responsibility to society. To bear this burden, let us begin by speaking the truth.

Once more, we pay our respects to Doctor Li Wenliang.

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