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Context to the Uyghur rehabilitation camps.

April 26, 2019
"Ethnic center" in Yunnan, representing all the  major various ethnicities that make up China. The idea of "ethnic cleansing" by the Han majority is nonsense.

“Ethnic center” in Yunnan, representing all the major various ethnicities that make up China. The idea of “ethnic cleansing” by the Han majority is nonsense.

As China’s rehabilitation camps on the Uyghur population is once again in the news cycle, reporters yet again fail to report the “why” question. Ignoring the why-factor is the same as peddling propaganda.

Militant groups in Xinjiang:

East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM)
East Turkistan Liberation Organization (ETLO)
United Revolutionary Front of East Turkestan (URFET)
Uyghur Liberation Organization (ULO)

Some of the recent events collected from various news agencies

1. The East Turkestan Islamic Party bombed two buses on February 5, 1992, killing three persons and injuring 23 in Ürümqi, Xinjiang.

2. On February 27, 1997, the Uyghur Liberation Party bombed three buses in Ürümqi, leaving nine dead and 68 seriously wounded.

3. Between February and April 1998, six explosions devastated economic and industrial hubs in western China, including homes and offices of local communist party and Chinese government staff.

4. On August 4, 2008, ETIM terrorists drove a truck into a group of approximately 70 jogging policemen and then lobbed grenades at the officers, killing 16 cops.

5. Two days later, seven men armed with homemade explosives reportedly drove taxis into government buildings, in Kuqa, Xinjiang, injuring at least two police officers and a security guard.

6. Two more days later, terrorists stabbed three security officers in Yamanya, near Kashgar in Xinjiang.

7. On August 19, 2010, six ethnic Uyghur separatists loaded a vehicle with explosives and drove into a group of security officers at a highway intersection near Aksu, Xinjiang, killing five of their targets and two of themselves.

8. On July 18, 2011, 18 Uyghur terrorists stormed a police station in Hotan and stabbed the cops indiscriminately, killing 18 of them.

9. On July 30-31, 2011, two Uyghur separatists robbed a truck driver, ran the vehicle into a crowded street, mowing down pedestrians and stabbing people, killing six. The next day, the terrorists killed the owner and a waiter of a restaurant. Then they killed four civilians.

10. The terrorists failed to hijack a plane (Tianjin Airlines flight GS7554 from Hotan to Ürümqi, Xinjiang) on June 29, 2012.

11. On March 1, 2014, a group of attackers wielding knives stormed a train station in southern China and stabbed to death 29 people, injuring at least 140 more.

12. On Mach 8, 2014, Although unconfirmed, according to Australia’s News.com, people purporting to represent the Uyghur separatist movement hammered journalists with e-mails. They claimed to be behind Malaysian flight MH370s disappearance — an assertion News.com dismissed as “opportunistic.” The airliner had been carrying 154 Chinese out of 227 passengers. At the same time, one of the leading Malaysian newspapers, the Harian Metro, reported that police were paying “special attention” to a 35-year-old Uyghur passenger who it claimed had undergone flight simulation training. The report, which the government declined to confirm, said the terrorist had gone to a British university and learned how to fly on a simulator in Sweden.

What’s more, the Malaysian government revealed additional flight paths the missing plane may have taken. Those revelations showed that if the jetliner had flown north, it would have eventually arrived in the vicinity of China’s far northwest, which is where the Uyghurs are.

13. On April 30, 2014, knife attacks claimed the lives of three while injuring 79 people in Ürümqi.

14. 43 people were killed, including 4 of the assailants, and more than 90 were wounded when, on May 22, 2014, two SUVs carrying five terrorists mowed down shoppers and shopkeepers in a market of Ürümqi.

15. On November 28, 2014, terrorists carried out a suicide bomb attack that claimed 14 lives of their own while one civilian was killed.

16. On March 6, 2015, three Uyghur terrorists attacked civilians using long knives at the Guangzhou train station. The incident left 13 injured.

17. On June 24, 2015, terrorists killed several policemen in Xinjiang.

18. On September 18, 2015, in what came to be known as the Sogan colliery attack, knife-wielding terrorists attacked off-duty workers at a coal mine, killing 50, including five police officers.

Since the government crackdown, there have been only a few minor reported attacks. Additionally, according to a colleague who has taught in Xinjiang, although it is an inconvenient truth, and having the opinion that it’s not fair to the Uyghur population, it is not a genocide. But she admits it is more difficult to find work, to travel, and she does not like the heavy hand of China’s suppression of the population.

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