Latest posts by Winston Chiu
Criticizing the monarchy is a crime in Thailand yet protesters, especially young activists, continue to organize rallies calling for monarchy reforms.
"As time passes, diaries are like caterpillars transforming into butterflies."
I did not plan to write this diary for 77 days. Writing is a kind of conversation – with myself, and with others.
"Today is a sunny. I always look forward to a sunny day when it is cloudy. But the sunlight today feels so ironic."
Someone asked me, "What is the first thing that you want to do after the lockdown is lifted?" I said, "I want to walk by the river and yell."
"After the storm, we will need to rebuild our lives like those blown-down buildings."
People are asked to report their status to the grid controller and health code system everyday in exchange of mobility after the lifting of lockdown.
"It is natural for us to feel lucky that we stayed alive. However, what about our society? Will it have more respect for human life and rights?"
"Even if you are courageous you are surrounded by walls made of glass. You try smashing through them, but they are always there."
There are still people who are brave enough to speak up, and we value these people and try our best to spread their messages.
They yelled out from their windows “fake, fake, it is all formalist performance”. This is not the first time the people in Wuhan express their resentment.
I want to go to the park to take a stroll after the lockdown is lifted...
Domestic violence is emerging in the pandemic and volunteers are keeping records of their stories.
"There are more than 30,000 confirmed cases in Wuhan, and we will wait for a long time before the lockdown is lifted."
Despite being locked down, volunteers are working hard to help others in need.
"From the city lockdown to the community lockup, restriction on our activities has become stricter and stricter, and we are deprived of our power little by little."
"It is all about control. We need to deprive their power... and turned them into objects."
Global Voices will publish Ai and Guo's diaries from Wuhan in a series. The following words were written in the second week of the lockdown between January 29-February 4, 2020.
In these Wuhan diaries, the lives of ordinary people living under top-down control and surveillance, show how people are atomized and reduced into a collective.