Uyghur Massacre To Be Marked In Washington

Staff: Taipei: On Monday, July 5th, Xinjiang Concentration Camp victims will march alongside activists in the US capital from the White House to the US State Department as they remember the victims of the 2009, Urumchi Uyghur Massacre

The march will take place between 1:15 and 3pm local time, with three survivors of the notoriously brutal Xinjiang concentration camps marching and making themselves available for on-location interviews.

Victims and human rights activists around the world continue to call for decisive global action to end China’s ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan (renamed Xinjiang by Beijing) and it is understood this latest bid to bring a light to bear on the actions of the Chinese authorities will be streamed live on both Facebook and Twitter (links below).

Concentration camp survivors Mihrigul Tursun, Tursunay Ziawudun and Zumret Dawut along with political refugee and Prime Minster Salih Hudayar in addition to other victims and activists will be in attendance.

Mihrigul Tursun

Mihrigul Tursun

Tursunay Ziawudun

Tursunay Ziawudun

Zumret Dawut

Zumret Dawut

On July 5, 2009, China’s Communist regime responded to protests by Uyghurs against the repressive policy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by perpetrating a massacre in Urumqi, the capital city of East Turkistan.

Military forces from Beijing shot Uyghur protesters using live rounds, and arbitrarily arrested thousands.

Beijing then used the incident as an excuse to unlawfully abduct Uyghurs for several months after the massacre. As a result, hundreds of Uyghur men disappeared as wide-scale police sweeps increased.

The Financial Times estimated that some 4,000 arrests had already taken place by mid-July 2009.  Urumchi’s (Urumqi) prisons were so full that the newly arrested people were held in Chinese military warehouses.

Following the incident, Internet access, mobile phone service, and outbound international calls throughout the region were blocked to prevent the flow of information in and out of the area. 

Internet access was not restored until May the following year.

Twelve years have now passed, and the situation in East Turkistan has worsened since Xi Jinping has come to power with Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Tatars, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, and other ethnic Turkic people in the region facing oppression daily for simply belonging to one of these ethnic groups.

Images: supplied



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