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n Uighur woman protests in front of policemen at a street on July 7, 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, China.
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Uighur woman protests in front of policemen at a street on July
7, 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur autonomous
region, China.

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  • China’s state-run newspaper The Global Times tried to
    defend the country’s practice of mass detentions of its
    majority Muslim ethnic minority, the Uighurs.
  • But it committed a damning self-own in the
    process. 
  • The newspaper, and China’s ambassador to the US, said
    they’re trying to turn the Uighurs into “normal people,” a
    remark that sparked widespread disgust.
  • China has compared the Muslims in Xinjiang to ISIS
    terrorists, which suggests they view Islam as a danger in need
    of diffusing, rather than a major world religion.
     

China’s state-run newspaper The Global Times tried to defend the
country’s practice of mass detentions of its majority Muslim
ethnic minority, but committed a damning self-own in the
process. 

The paper, in which every article meets with state approval,
tried to defend China’s practice of detaining up to a million
people from the Uighur ethnic group in massive camps across
Xinjiang, a western province in the country.

China subjects the Uighurs to extensive surveillance and
forced re-education that emphasizes the greatness of the Hans,
China’s ethnic majority.

Reports from inside the camps show prison-like buildings
with bars on the window and Chinese Communist Party propaganda
securely fastened to the walls. People who spent time inside have
spoken of psychological torture and
brainwashing.


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Shocking footage purportedly shows cells inside prison camp where
China oppresses Muslim minority

The US has considered sanctioning Chinese people involved
in the oppression of the Uighurs, and western countries have
challenged China to allow UN inspectors to visit sites, but China
has denied access.

Muslim countries, which depend on China’s business, have
mainly been silent about the treatment of the
Uighurs. 

Amid the rising tide of western countries calling
accountability for the treatment of the minority in an
authoritarian state, The Global Times sought to fight back, and
made a telling blunder in the process.

“The West should be consistent over its own value system.
How can it be fine to kill terrorists with missiles, but a
humanitarian crisis when #Xinjiang
attempts to turn them into normal people?” the newspaper tweeted.

Bonnie Glaser, the head of the China Power Project at the
Center for Strategic International Studies tweeted in response: “Quite
revealing, GT’s statement that the PRC [acronym for the People’s
Republic of China] is trying to turn Uighurs into ‘normal
people.’ Why are they considered to be abnormal?” 



Read more:

Beijing says it’s ‘very rude’ for 14 countries and the EU to ask
them about detaining 1 million Muslims


İyad el-Baghdadi, a human rights activist and political refugee
from the United Arab Emirates living in Norway responded: “Because Muslims
aren’t normal people. You have to put them through concentration
camps to turn them into normal people.”

“‘Normal people.’ I have no words,” Sui-Lee Wee, a New York Times
reporter in China tweeted

To China, Uighurs are comparable to ISIS


xinjiang uighur man police
A
police officer checks a Uighur man’s ID documents in Kashgar,
Xinjiang, in March 2017.

Thomas
Peter/Reuters


The newspaper, known for nationalist stances, channeled
China’s ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, who also called for
the Uighurs to be made into “normal persons.”

“We are trying to re-educate most of [the Uighurs], trying
to turn them into normal persons [who] can go back to normal
life,” Cui told Reuters last week.


Read more:
Chinese ambassador to the US says
mass surveillance and oppression of Muslim minority is to make
them ‘normal persons’

Here, a Chinese official has made it clear: the 10 million
Uighurs in Xinjiang are not free to live as they please or
determine what would constitute a normal life for themselves, and
will mostly be rounded up and put into detention by a government
that wants to impress the views of its ethnic majority on
them.

Cui compared the US killing ISIS
terrorists in Iraq and Syria
— who are active combatants in a
war zone engaged in killings, war crimes, raping, pillaging,
spreading extremist propaganda, and trafficking arms — to China
rounding up Uighurs. 

The US, as part of a coalition with the support of more than 70
nations, kills ISIS members for the stated reason that they’re
terrorists who have committed atrocities to civilian populations
in multiple countries. 

China’s Communist party, and the party alone, has set out to
monitor, detain, and punish millions of Uighurs within their own
borders because they don’t consider them “normal.”

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