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“Rights groups and #Uyghurs living abroad have strongly condemned a visit to #Xinjiang this week by a delegation of Muslim scholars and clerics from developing nations who voiced support for #China’s policies in the region, ...…
... saying they turned a blind eye to the suffering of persecuted Uyghurs.”
“The group of more than 30 Islamic representatives from 14 countries — including the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Serbia, South Sudan and Indonesia — arrived in Xinjiang on Jan. 8 to visit the cities of Urumqi, Turpan, Altay and Kashgar and to meet with government officials.”
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Zhanargul Zhumatai was a prominent figure in Kazakhstan and #Xinjiang. In 2017, she was sent to a re-education camp after returning to #China. More than three years after her release, she is facing the risk of being arrested again. My latest:…
Zhanargul used to be an editor at Kazakhstan's national television and she also recorded more than 1000 episodes of radio shows on ancient Kazakh music for government-run radio stations in #Xinjiang.
In 2017, authorities in Xinjiang "invited" her to go back to Xinjiang and sign some documents. But when she returned to Xinjiang, she was arrested and accused of being involved in a criminal case. Next thing she knew, she was sent to a re-education camp.
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“The fate of 18 miners – mostly #Uyghurs – trapped in a collapsed gold mine in #China’s #Xinjiang remained uncertain, officials said, implying that rescuers have failed to pull any of them out alive nearly two weeks after the Christmas Eve disaster.”…
“I know that the rescue operation is going on, but I don’t know the result of the rescue efforts,” said an employee of West Gold Yili Co., which owns the mine in Qarayaghach town of Ghulja county, or Yining in Chinese. He insisted on not being identified by name.
“An employee at the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Emergency Relief Supervision Command Center said the rescue operations were ongoing and that two of the center’s leaders went to the site of the accident the day it occurred, Dec. 24.”
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From @RadioFreeAsia: "A famous writer and illustrator in Japan has produced a new manga booklet portraying the experiences of an ethnic Uzbek woman forced to teach Mandarin to mostly Uyghur detainees in 're-education' camps in #China's #Xinjiang."…
"Tomomi Shimizu's latest work builds on her success with her previous booklets on female detainees in Xinjiang, released in Japan to draw attention to the repression of the mostly Muslim Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in northwest China."
"Shimizu has portrayed the experiences of female survivors of the vast network of detention camps in Xinjiang that are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities in recent years."
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Ça, c’est un #défroisseur vapeur vendu 21,99 € par @lidlfrance, de marque Silvercrest. C’est le gros buzz électroménager du moment, qui a atterri dans mon feed Instagram, comme un certain nombre d’entre vous j’imagine. Pourquoi c’est un cas d’école à bien des niveaux ? ⬇️ (1/n)
(2/n) Après un peu de recherche, on comprend rapidement que Silvercrest est une #marque allemande qui conçoit en Allemagne et qui fait fabriquer en Chine. Avec le bilan carbone qu’on imagine. Pour un appareil #électroménager à 20 balles, on s’en doutait un peu. #madeinchina
(3/n) Lidl s’approvisionne pour ses biens non-alimentaires notamment auprès d’usines basées dans la région du #Xinjiang, zone au Nord-Ouest de la Chine qui est accessoirement l’antre de l’exploitation #Ouïghours. En 2021, une ONG attaque plusieurs entreprises 🇩🇪 sur ce point.
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In Nov, I went to a town close to the #Colombia-##Panama border to cover Latin American migration across the #DarienGap to the US. Surprisingly, I discovered dozens of #Chinese citizens lining up for boats headed for the jungle crossing themselves. (1/10)…
A growing number of Chinese citizens are fleeing #China in search of a safer, brighter future, which they term “#runology” (潤學). Trekking through the Darien Gap to the US is perhaps the most perilous escape route they can take. (2/10)
The migrants enter South America via Ecuador, which allows Chinese nationals to enter without visas, before moving through Colombia and six Central American countries to reach the US. And the number of Chinese nationals making this trek has surged in recent months. (3/10)
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In a new report, @citizenlab finds that police in #China have been carrying out a large-scale iris scan collection campaign in the western Qinghai province. I talked to @emiledirks about how the campaign reflects #Beijing's biometric surveillance schemes:…
"Building on Bitter Winter’s work, this report finds further evidence of police-led mass iris scan collection in Qinghai, a region with a population that is 49.4% non-Han, including Tibetans and Hui Muslims," the report said.
"Based on our analysis of these 53 reports, we estimate that between March 2019 and July 2022, police may have collected between roughly 1,248,075 and 1,452,035 iris scans, representing between one fifth (21.1%) and one quarter (25.6%) of Qinghai’s total population (5.9 million).
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In a report by @sheffhallamuni, the team found that there are still massive and expanding links between western car brands and forced labor materials from #China's #Xinjiang. I talked to @LauraTMurphy about the implication of the report's…
The report finds that 96 mining, processing, or manufacturing companies relevant to the automotive sector operating in the Uyghur Region, including at least 38 that have documented engagement in state-sponsored labor transfer programs.
And over 40 automotive-sector manufacturers in China that are sourcing from the Uyghur Region or from companies that have accepted Uyghur labor transfers across China.
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By @jwassers: "One thing to watch for now is how much the apartment-building tragedy in Urumqi affects discussions in #China of the discrimination against such Turkic Muslim groups, including grave human-rights abuses, in #Xinjiang."…
"Two kinds of deaths, one of ordinary people and the other of famous ones, periodically pose special challenges for the Chinese Communist Party.
Both types can give rise to immediate vigils and later anniversary commemorations that become occasions for an outpouring of popular sentiment that turns from grief to anger—with sharp criticism of the authorities licensed by mourning."
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There has been surprise and awe as protestors in China chant “Xi Jinping, stand down” (习近平下台). Yet from our knowledge of power and resistance in authoritarian states, these demands should be expected to emerge sooner or later. 🧵
#ZeroCovidChina #UrumqiFire #ChinaProtests
The late, great Stephen White who taught Post-Communist Politics 101 emphasised that the more personalised an authoritarian system, the more that social discontent will focus on that leader as the sole actor responsible for policy and with power to change course.
The more violent the leader, the more violence expected in state transformation. For example, no analyst wonders why Nicolae Ceaușescu’s end was so violent. It is explained in relation to the intensity of levels of state violence and personalisation of the political system.
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More voices from #China: "I joined the protest because I was dissatisfied with the government's imposition of lockdowns, the government's abuse of power, the strict online censorship, the covering up of truth in the #Xinjiang fire and to show solidarity with people in Shanghai."
"After living under lockdown and strict pandemic control measures for the last three years, people don't have much money, and the government also didn't provide much subsidy during the process of the lockdowns. We have to use personal savings to buy supplies."
"Some businesses can't operate and employees can't go to work. Many people have mortgages for cars and houses, as well as the entire family's spending, tuition for children and medical fees for the elderly.
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Was passiert gerade in #China? Und woher kommen die Proteste? Eine kurze Erklärung 🇨🇳🧵👇
1⃣ In der Nacht von Samstag auf Sonntag versammelten sich in #Shanghai auf der Wulumuqi Lu zahlreiche Menschen und skandierten in #China bisher ungehörte Parolen wie „Nieder mit #Xi Jinping“ „Nieder mit der KPCh“
2⃣ #Wulumqui ist der chinesische Name für #Urumqi, die Hauptstadt der Region #Xinjiang. Dort waren am Donnerstagnacht zehn Menschen verbrannt, weil ein Löschfahrzeug nicht schnell genug zum Einsatzort durchdringen konnte. Grund waren Lockdown-Sperren
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Proteste con pochi precedenti - per portata, sostanza e forma - stanno diffondendosi a macchia d'olio in #Cina.

La scintilla è stata l'incendio verificatosi pochi giorni fa a #Urumqi, popolosa città dello #Xinjiang, dove almeno 10 persone hanno perso la vita.
Nel mirino della popolazione sono finite le misure restrittive anti-#Covid che hanno impedito ai vigili del fuoco di intervenire per tempo e di prestare soccorso alle vittime.
Le proteste, da spontanee e sporadiche, sono diventate nelle ultime ore qualcosa di diverso.
Da #Pechino a #Shanghai, da #Wuhan a #Nanchino: migliaia di persone, spesso studenti, sono scesi in strada per protestare contro le politiche "zero Covid" messe in atto dal governo. Il più delle volte mostrando cartelli bianchi: "Non dobbiamo scrivere nulla. È il
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The deadly fire in #Xinjiang triggered a wave of anti-zero-Covid protests across #China. Several participants in a big protest in Shanghai said the one demand from most protesters is asking for an end to the strict pandemic control measures. My latest:…
Videos on social media platforms show some protesters raising pieces of white papers to ask the government to end the strict lockdowns that have been imposed on cities across China.
At one protest in Shanghai, which was held at a road called Urumqi Road, at least more than 100 protesters chanted slogans such as “Communist party steps down, Xi Jinping steps down.”
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Anti-#ZeroCovid protests are spreading in #China in different parts of the country, following deaths in a fire blamed on lockdown policies.…
This anti-#ZeroCovid protest is said to have happened today at Tsinghua University in #Beijing. For young people in #China, a large chunk of this crucial part of their lives has been dominated by the #Covid crisis and all its restrictions.
You’ll notice anti-#ZeroCovid protestors holding blank sheets of paper in #China. This is not only a statement about dissent being silenced here, it’s also an up yours to the authorities, as if to say ‘Are you going to arrest me for holding a sign saying nothing?”.
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Incredible footage from #China’s #Shanghai, where countless people gathered at a road called “#Urumqi road,” chanting a slogan “Step down, the Communist Party” very loudly.
Another video showing people collectively chanting “I don’t want PCR test, I want freedom.”
Citizens chanting “#Xinjiang, end lockdown, #Xinjiang, end lockdown.”
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Urumchi is not Zhengzhou. I lived there for several years, observing and interviewing around many protests. I want to add some overlooked background to #UrumqiProtest conversation. Many dominant voices on the subject have never been there. 🧵

#Xinjiang #ZeroCovidChina #Uyghurs
@guardian / @Reuters quoted 1 respected political scientist but who does not research the region. Alternatively, many foreign and Uyghur experts who know the city are available, sharing videos and analysis on the capital city of their homeland.…
Bypassing experts guarantees ideological framings (“Chinese protest” & “civil society”), ignoring local dynamics where Han protestors often describe themselves as “vanguard” and Uyghurs died in a building fire under ethnically targeting and excessive covid controls.
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#Protest against #Covid19 #lockdown after fire kills 10 in Xinjiang | Nov 26
- Late Friday, videos circulated widely on the Chinese internet showing throngs of residents in #Urumqi marching to a government building and chanting “end lockdowns,”…
#China is #Rothschild's Model for #NWO | Dec 9, 2019
- The #genocide experienced by the #russians in Ukraine, funded by the #oligarchs and carried out by the #Azov-#Nazi - battalions is a copy the #China’s genocide against the #Uyghurs
#Rothschildism #MSM: 154 articles in less than two days.
Title: "#China's Communist Party to celebrate 100th #birthday in show of pomp and power."
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Despite the risks that may involve in publicly questioning or criticizing the government, netizens in #China flooded social media posts about the fire in #Urumqi and the subsequent official responses with criticism and skepticism, with many using repetition of words or...
... special symbols to express their despair. Either to mock the government officials’ responses to the tragedy or to prevent the posts from being censored online, many used the repetition of “yes,” “ok,” or “ha” in Mandarin under posts about the government’s response to the fire
Others are way more direct, as they point to the fact that the only fact is Urumqi and other parts of #Xinjiang have been placed under strict quarantine for more than 100 days.
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The anger, discontent and frustration and despair that can be felt through the countless videos from #Xinjiang’s #Urumqi, where people took immense risks to go onto the streets to protest and directly confront local officials, are showing the fundamental impact of #China’s ...
... ruthless imposition of the zero-Covid strategy and the lack of flexibility of the policies. As @Yaqiu told me in my piece earlier this week, what these protests reflect, is a society bent to the extreme, where people are taking protest as their last resorts for survival.
They know the immense risks and consequences that might involve in this type of protest, but they still decide to go ahead with joining the others to openly voice their grievances because they and society as a whole, have been pushed to the brink.
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"Ten people were killed and nine injured after a fire broke out in an apartment building in #Xinjiang, a far western Chinese region, officials said, where Covid-19 lockdowns have confined many residents to their homes for more than three months." #China…
"The fire began on the 15th floor of an apartment building in the Jixiangyuan neighborhood of Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital, on Thursday evening, the city’s Fire Department said.
It later rose to engulf the two floors above, with smoke billowing up farther, the department said on its official account on Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform."
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Anyone banking on #ZeroCovid being wound back in #China soon, allowing the Chinese economy to bounce back, restoring supply chain reliability here in the near future… don’t. It’s going to take a looong time for China to ease #ZeroCovid.
The government in #China doesn’t seem to know exactly how to escape from the #ZeroCovid corner it’s painted itself into. This will be a long, drawn-out, process of trial and error easing, restricting, easing, restricting.
The huge, renewed, vaccination drive which would be needed before opening #China up hasn’t even started. Approving more effective international vaccines would help. Preparing medical facilities for a big influx of #Covid patients would also have to happen.
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"Most #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang have not returned to mosques that Chinese authorities have reopened for limited religious services in response to heavy international criticism of repressive policies targeting the mostly Muslim ethnic group."…
Authorities in Xinjiang began scaling back their crackdown on religion in early 2020 by reopening some mosques they previously shut down during the height of religious persecution in 2017.
Despite the “softened” stance toward Islam in Xinjiang, most Uyghurs who lost confidence in China’s religious policy that officially recognizes five religions, including Islam, because of the crackdown, have refrained from returning to the reopened houses of worship.
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A new report by @UyghurProject shows that #China mixes financial, education and career incentives with coercive measures such as threats to families under state policies to promote intermarriage between Han Chinese and #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang.…
UHRP analyzed Chinese state media, policy documents, government sanctioned marriage testimonials, as well as accounts from women in the Uyghur diaspora, that government incentivizes and coercion to boost interethnic marriages has increased since 2014.
“The Chinese Party-State is actively involved in carrying out a campaign of forcefully assimilating Uyghurs into Han Chinese society by means of mixed marriages,” said the report.
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