Wuhan lawyer supported by peers in lawsuit against US over COVID-19

By Hu Yuwei Source:Global Times Published: 2020/4/22 20:41:15

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A lawyer who previously filed a lawsuit against US government agencies over suspected intentionally spreading misinformation over the COVID-19 told the Global Times that both the US Consulate General Wuhan and a court in Wuhan, Hubei Province, have received his lawsuit.

Liang Xuguang, a lawyer based in Wuhan, told the Global Times in a video that both the US Embassy in China and Wuhan Intermediate People's Court had received his lawsuit filed against four US defendants – the US federal government, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Defense, and the United States Military Sports Council – for potentially hiding the truth around the earlier outbreak of coronavirus in the US that brought damages to the Chinese people. 

Liang gathered public support after he filed his lawsuit which also urges the US to publicize the number of “influenza deaths” which were caused by novel coronavirus, in midst of the “China-bashing” campaign waged as a lame trick by some US politicians.

Though such legal cases are difficult to proceed considering US diplomatic sovereign immunity according to international law, many have shown support as they believe voices of Chinese citizens should be heard in response to repeated “Blame China” political farce claiming China, a victim of pandemic, should be held accountable for the virus outbreak. 

“We finally hear people fighting back against US hegemony. We wish our voices to be heard in response to those unreasonable appeals for China’s compensation for a pandemic with ulterior motives,” said a supporter of Liang’s case who is also a lawyer in Wuhan.

Liang’s case is one of the multiple civil complaints that are surfacing in Wuhan as Chinese citizens are resorting to means from lawsuits to cosigned petitions to demonstrate their anger against some US politicians blaming the novel coronavirus outbreak on China.

Liang also urges the US to make clear the number of related cases, to find the first case, if it originated in the US, and to further explain whether influenza patients showed the same symptoms as those infected with COVID-19, something suspected by many Chinese. He questioned if the US government “intentionally labeled some people infected with an unknown type of virus (novel coronavirus) as flu patients to spread misinformation to the world and to conceal the true situation of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the US.”

Some influenza deaths might have been COVID-19 cases, Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, admitted at a hearing on Capitol Hill on March 11.

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