Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Xinjiang Repression - China

With the media's effort to deify the late Michael Jackson; we have ceased receiving real news here in America. There are those in power who would like nothing better than to keep us in a black hole, as evil continues to march roughshod over the life and liberties of the freedom loving peoples of this world. Thank God for the Internet!

China in Tiananmen, Tibet, Xinjiang ..same country, same repressive approach!
The bloodshed started when police fired on a peaceful protest. In the 60th year of Communist China’s existence, it’s becoming clear the party has failed to weld together this huge nation, that resentment of the Han Chinese majority simmers in Muslim Xinjiang just as it does in Buddhist Tibet. It’s also worth remembering that in repatriating Guantanomo Bay inmates, the U.S. refused to return the Uighur detainees to their homeland and the tender mercies of the Chinese authorities. Instead, it found homes for them in Bermuda and Palau.

URUMQI, China — Scattered bodies and a pool of dried blood bear witness to China's deadly crackdown on Muslim protests and stifling discrimination in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang region.
"The Chinese always treat us as so low," an ethnic Uighur Muslim told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Monday, July 6, requesting anonymity.

"They don't even want to look us in the eye because we are too low," added the man, who owns a dry-cleaning shop in the regional capital Urumqi.

China Bulldozes Uighur Identity
Eroding Uighur Identity

At least 140 people were killed and hundreds wounded when police cracked down on a protest by Uighur Muslims in Urumqi on Sunday, July 6.
Thousands of Uighurs went to the streets, burning and smashing vehicles in protest at China's discrimination as well as cultural and religious controls on Uighurs in Xinjiang.

Testifying to the crackdown, a meter-wide pool of dried blood lay on the ground near the Donghuan market, just east of the bazaar district where much of the protest unfolded.

A few blood-stained bricks were scattered close by.

China vowed to use the strongest means possible to prevent the protests from spreading to other areas.

Rights group worried about clampdown in Xinjiang.

"Xinjiang will prevent the situation from spreading to other areas using the most powerful measures and methods and safeguard regional stability," Nur Bekri, the chairman of Xinjiang, was quoted as saying by the China News Service.

Up to 2,000 helmeted riot police dressed in khaki fatigues and wielding shields and batons are patrolling the streets of the Muslim-majority region as paramilitary policemen armed with semi-automatic guns stand watch at major intersections.

Several truckloads of German Shepherd guard dogs were driving up and down main avenues.

"They look down on us. This has been going on for centuries," said the Uighur man.

Xinjiang and its Uighur Muslims, a Turkish-speaking minority of more than eight million, continue to be the subject of massive security crackdowns.

Muslims accuses the government of settling millions of ethnic Han in their territory with the ultimate goal of obliterating its identity and culture.

They also cite a recent government plan that has brought the teaching of Mandarin Chinese in Xinjiang schools, replacing their local dialect.

Beijing views the vast region as an invaluable asset because of its crucial strategic location near Central Asia and its large oil and gas reserves & News Agencies

It is this time and this place that matter--not some other time or place. What matters is here and now--the people here and now.


suZen said...

I so agree with your last comment "It is this time and this place that matter--not some other time or place. What matters is here and now--the people here and now. " If all the world could take this to heart we'd have a peaceful planet!

Walt said...

Yes indeed; however it will be a long road to travel, but with good company the miles go by.