Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Urumqi, ctd

This video is dated June 26 and marked to be located in Shaoguan, Guangdong province. This might have a link to the current unrest.

This is the description of the video.

"Amateur Video,Text From Source (France24 Observers) : It all started after an incident in a toy factory on 26 June in Shaoguan, Guangdong province.

The authorities decided to send young Uighur labourers to work in factories in the centre of the country. They said it was to raise our living standards. But for the Uighurs, the policy is perceived as a kind of forced migration, a cultural genocide. Especially since, at the beginning, they were only recruiting young unmarried women.

Nearly 800 Uighurs were working in this toy factory in Shaoguan. One evening, the Hans came to beat them up . There were a lot of rumours about the reason for the tensions between the two communities.

People say, for example, though it’s not confirmed, that a Han raped a Uighur girl. But what is certain is that the Hans don’t appreciate the Uighurs taking their jobs. We see the way in which the Uighurs were beaten up on the video.

According to the authorities, two people were killed that evening, but we think there were more than that.

The Uighurs of Xinjiang didn’t react at first. They were waiting for the authorities to punish those responsible. But when they realised that nothing had been done, they organized a demonstration in Urumqi [the regional capital of Xinjiang]. According to the witness accounts that I’ve heard, the demo was peaceful. The Uighurs had even brought out red Chinese flags to show that it wasn’t a demo in favour of independence.

I am not surprised to see that the official Chinese media have only showed images of Han victims. It’s always like that; we saw the same thing during the riots in Tibet.

They control the information. Since this morning, for example, the telephone lines have been cut off, I can no longer get hold of anyone in my family. They also blocked the Internet and closed Uighur sites, for example Xjtsnews, which is actually the official site of the region""

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