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Turkey Denounces “Genocide” In Uighur

The prime minister of Turkey issued a sharp statement directed at China for what it termed the “genocide” now occurring in Xinjiang province of western China. Prime Minister Recept Tayiyip Erdogan expressed his shock at the death of nearly 200 people and the wounding of about 1,700 caused by mobs attacking one another in the capital city and the ensuing actions of the Chinese army. Uighur exile leaders expressed their appreciation for Erdogan’s remarks Actually, in fairness of Erdogan he specifically referred to the deaths as a “sort of genocide” and wondered why the Chinese government would not take action to end violence.

It is wonderful that a Turkish leader finally has used the word, “genocide,” but, of course, it is disappointing the word was not used in reference to the genocide carried out by the Ottoman empire against Armenians. The death of 184 is horrible. But, to Erdogan, the death of hundreds of thousands of Armenians has yet to be resolved. Perhaps, one day the Turkish government will openly use words like “genocide” and allow their nation to move on.

Chinese Government Relents On Mosque Closing

The Communist Party has governed China for over fifty years during which time it has cracked down on any opposition group which posed a threat to its dictatorial rule. During this time period, the government encouraged millions of Han Chinese to migrate to western regions which historically were Muslim in nature. It is not surprising eventually a clash arose between the original Uighur Muslim inhabitants and Chinese Han migrants. The past week has witnessed mobs roaming the streets beating and killing those of a different ethnic or religious group. It is not surprising Chinese officials are lost in attempting to understand the feelings, or ideas of Muslim Uighurs. They decided to close mosques in Urumqi only to unleash further protests. Fortunately, common sense crept into the minds of Chinese officials and they relented to allow men to pray.

Uighurs told western reporters “we felt we are being insulted. This is our mosque. But, we are not allowed in, while they let in non-believers.” It is estimated the 23,000 mosques in Xinjiang province is the highest mosque to Muslim ratio in the world.

The question is whether Chinese authorities have learned that allowing people to practice their religion or cultural beliefs only fosters peace and tranquility.

Chinese Version- Happy Campers Celebrating In Urumqi

As always, in Communist China, there are no problems, just people having some fun and in the process a few get injured. The Chinese media is making certain their nation receives plenty of stories and pictures of happy and loving Han and Uighurs working together in a city under conflict due to the actions of a few malcontent Hans and Uighurs. Over 200 are probably dead and thousands wounded, but to the Chinese media, it is best to look at the bright side, there are millions of people who never became involved in any rioting. For some reason, this minor affair caused President Hu Jintao to hurriedly leave a major meeting of world leaders, skip a meeting with President Obama and cancel a state trip to Portugal. The departure reveals Chinese leaders were surprised by the extent of the violence, and divided on how to handle still another outbreak of ethnic anger.

The reality is that Han residents of the capital city feel safe, but Uighurs are remaining inside their homes and keeping children from school due to fear they will be attacked by Han hooligans. According to local Communist party chief, U Zhi, “A handful of Han attackd Uighurs and there were a handful of Uighurs who attacked Han.” Now, that the handful of peace disturbers are in jail, everything has returned to joyous happiness in the happy land of Communist China.

Violence in Western China! Mobs Rage Through Xinjiang Province

The force of hate and anger is raging through the streets of Urumqi in western China as mobs of Han Chinese armed with bats, iron bars and fury seek to capture Uighurs who they blame for attacking the Chinese newcomers to the region. Thousands of militia police have been sent to the city in hope of restoring law and order after clashes between the two groups caused the death of over two hundred and wounding of over a thousand. Police have arrested at least a thousand people in their efforts to end violence in the city. Thousands of armed Han Chinese went into the streets in search of Uighurs who they claim initiated the violence by attacking Hans. The region historically has been Muslim but in recent decades the Chinese government has encourage Hans to migrate to the area. The result has created fear among Uighurs they will soon become a minority in their own land.

Han residents shouted at the police for arresting their young men. “Why are you arresting Han Chinese?” they yelled. “They are only trying to protect us.” Blood for blood results in blood for all.

Hundreds Probably Dead In Xinjiang Region Of China

China’s policy of encouraging Han residents to head west into Xinjiang province or populate the region of Tibet was bound to eventually result in a backlash from local residents who are gradually finding themselves a minority in their own country. There were numerous confrontations between native Uighurs and Han settlers which resulted in the death of many Hans by angry Uighurs. Latest reports indicate mobs of Hans armed with clubs and chains are surging through Urumqi yelling “Attack Uighurs,” and “Defend Stability, protect the motherland.” The Hans argue they were attacked by the Uighurs and now it is time to repay them with violence. The local Communist party chief, Wang Lequan, warned the struggle was far from over and new violence should be expected.

Among the protests were hundreds of Uighurs, mostly women and children, who were demanding release of their fathers and brothers. Authorities have imprisoned about 1,400 people, and most probably are Uighurs. The Chinese government blames Rebiya Kadeer, leader of the exiled World Uighur Congress for instigating the violence. Chinese authorities believe the goal of Uighur leaders is to create an independent nation and leave China.

For some reason, unlike the violence in Tibet, the Chinese government is offering more extensive freedom for the media to report what is happening. Perhaps, the next step is for China to offer greater local self government to regions like the Uighurs or Tibetans.

We should not ignore that Xinjiang covers a sixth of China and contains oil, gas, and coal deposits.

Riots Rage In Muslim Areas Of China

Riots swept western Muslim regions of China as Uighurs in restive Xinjiang clashed with Han Chinese in bloody battles that resulted in the death of hundreds. In the capital burnt out buildings were smoldering as riot police fought Muslim Uighurs who are tired of Han Chinese entering their homeland and attempting to become the dominant group. Witnesses reported that Uighurs attacked their Han neighbors and left many dead or suffering serious injuries. Police were firing at Uighurs which caused deaths and wounded. The Chinese government, as usual, found someone to blame rather than accept its own responsibility in failing to respect the religion or customs of Uighurs. It said unrest was “masterminded by the World Uighur Congress.”

There are reports Chinese authorities killed Uighurs by firing at them and even sent armored cars into crowds which resulted in other deaths. A Uighur resident told a reporter that “it all started because some Uighurs were killed in Guangdong and people wanted to protest.” Hospitals claim most of the dead and wounded are of Han background although many also are Uighurs.

Ethnic Tensions Rise In China

China contains an extremely diverse population which has been kept quiet due to the presence of an oppressive authoritarian regime. But, underneath the false peace of life in China, there are bubbling sources of anger and frustration slowly rising among the hundreds of ethnic groups in this vast country. In the western region of Xinjiang, thousands of Muslim Uighurs took to the streets in protest against failure to respect their rights. Xinhua, the state news agency admitted that several people were killed, but did not confirm the riots stemmed from the murder of Uighur migrant workers.

Witnesses reported police were manning roadblocks and mobile phone networks were being cut off. “There were big ethnic riots-there was a lot of fighting, “said one Han resident. A Han businessmen blamed the conflict on “Uighur rioters.” There were also reports of Uighurs attacking Han residents who they believe are colonizers sent into their area by the Chinese government which wants to dilute the power of Muslims.