Uighur Muslims in China want Freedom and Democracy

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    The Uighurs people want freedom for their people and land from the Chinese.

    The Chinese government treats them with the same iron fist that it uses in Tibet.

    Why is so little media coverage given to these peoples cultural and ethnic genocide?

    Why did the American people rush to show support of the Iranian people, but totally ignore the Uighur Chinese??
     
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    Xinjiang: China's 'other Tibet'

    Xinjiang's Uighur population are culturally more Turkic than Chinese While reports of unrest in Tibet frequently grab headlines around the world, little attention is given to what several human rights groups have dubbed China's "other Tibet".

    China's frontier to Central Asia, the vast western region of Xinjiang has in recent years seen escalating ethnic tensions and the imposition of a heavy military presence to suppress what Beijing says is a growing terrorist threat.

    Covering an area more than three times the size of France, Xinjiang has long been an important crossroads of trade and culture.

    For centuries its oasis towns were essential stopping points along the legendary Silk Road – a history that has left Xinjiang with a unique cultural legacy.

    The region's indigenous population are the Uighurs - Muslims who are ethnically, linguistically and culturally Turkic, and worlds apart from their Han rulers, the ethnicity which dominates the rest of China.

    After a chequered history with the Chinese Empire, Xinjiang's present incarnation as an officially "autonomous region" within the People's Republic of China began in 1949.

    From Beijing's point of view, Xinjiang has always been a part of China.

    But while the region has a history of domination at the hands of the Chinese, Beijing's claim overlooks long gaps where the region merged with Central Asian and Turkic states.

    To this day, most Uighurs feel more culturally aligned with the Turkic peoples to the west, rather than Beijing to the east.

    Conversely, and almost without exception, Han Chinese feel China's control of the region is perfectly legitimate.


    Xinjiang's culture is rooted in its history as a key junction on the Silk Road 'Chinese' Xinjiang

    "I've talked to a lot of people in China about it and they just don't question it," says Michael Dillon, author of Xinjiang: China's Muslim Far Northwest.

    "It's always presented as Zhongguo Xinjiang [Chinese Xinjiang] like Tibet is Zhongguo Xizang [Chinese Tibet] and so the assumption is that it's always been part of China."

    The region is of value to China due to "a very complicated mixture of political, economic and psychological reasons," says Dillon.

    Among these, he says, are Xinjiang's bountiful natural resources and raw materials, and its strategic position buffering China from Russia.

    But he adds, there is also the idea that "if Beijing doesn’t retain Xinjiang, it's a question of losing face, because Xinjiang is part of the motherland."

    On top of that, Xinjiang also boasts something clearly lacking in the rest of China - space.

    Accounting for one sixth of China's total area, Xinjiang not only produces 30 per cent of China’s cotton, but between the 1960s and mid-1990s it was also used as the test site for China's nuclear weapons.

    Perhaps most unpopular with the Uighurs though is the use of their land to resettle huge numbers of Han from the overpopulated east of China.


    Critics say few Uighurs are benefiting from Xinjiang's developmentSettlers rising

    The numbers of ethnic Han settlers in Xinjiang has risen from well under half a million in 1953 to 7.5 million by 2000, and is rising fast.

    According to the latest available figures, Han settlers make up around 42 per cent of Xinjiang's total population of 18 million, dictating a life that is culturally alien to the native Uighurs.

    "There are more and more Han arriving here all the time," explains Tursuntay, a 45-year old Uighur man from the Xiniang border city of Ily.

    "When I was young there were very few – this place belonged to us."

    Hislat, a 22-year old Uighur woman from Urumqi, the Han-dominated capital of Xinjiang, is also feeling the squeeze.

    "Before, looking for work was easy, but now they all want Han people, they don't want us," she says.

    "It's really difficult, but there's nothing we can do about it."

    Arienne Dwyer, Assistant Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Kansas believes the situation in Xinjiang has got worse over the last decade.

    Xinjiang: China's 'other Tibet' - www.phayul.com
     
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    Are you daft?
    We can totally kick Iraq and Afghanistan's asses, but China would actually put up a fight.
     
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    Uglier Muslims than Afghans? I doubt it very much.:lol:
     
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    Uyghur's are muslims doing what muslims do, live in "ghettos"and launch salami jihad against the larger society causing unrest claiming they deserve independence. Carving out tracts of land for the host country.
     
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    See blog for video concerning Islam's salami jihad activities
     
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    They were sold to us by the Obama menstruation and the media as "non-violent" but they sure didn't look very non-violent during their little riot!
     
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    Go into WalMarts or practically any store selling practically anything.

    Look to see where that junk is made.

    Do you get it NOW?
     
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    Why does the media ignore Islam jihad attacks in the USA Sweden Netherlands Germany France Spain Italy and other places around the world?
     
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    The media obviously hasn't "ignored" either Islamic atrosities or China oppression.

    Had it done so this debate would not be happening.
     

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