For the past 12 hours, Chinese social media has been flooded with tributes to the whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, who died of the coronavirus last night.
There has also been a swell of almost unprecedented public anger against the government, and the country's censorship apparatus.
On Weibo, a Twitter-like platform, the hashtag "I want freedom of speech," drew more than 1.8 million views in the early hours of Friday morning, before it was censored.
Why this matters: This level of overwhelming, near-universal public fury has not been seen since the Wenzhou train crash in 2011, when authorities rushed to cover up the causes of a high-speed rail collision, even abandoning the search for survivors while many were still alive.
That incident became a lightning rod for frustrations about poor safety standards in China and the uncaring attitudes of the authorities, just as it appears Li's death will be a conduit for anger over a host of issues beyond the virus.
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