Uighur historian jailed over book

A prominent Uighur historian, who has been missing since 2017, has been confirmed jailed in Xinjiang. This comes despite the fact that China has claimed that all the Uighur Muslims and Kazakhs it has imprisoned in concentration camps have “graduated” and are happy. Family members of the detained, however, say that their relatives are still missing.

China is liking making this claim after massive outcries via new media. First, A teenage girl used the Chinese-owned app TikTok to denounce what she called another Holocaust, which the Chinese government is perpetrating against the Uighur people. The app banned her, but unbanned her after international outcry.

Second, “What has happened to me,” a manga (anime comic book) by Japanese artist Tomomi Shimizu has gone viral. The manga depicts the story of a Uighur woman who was detained and tortured in a Chinese concentration camp. There are more than a million Uighur people being held without trial in China.

Although the Chinese government has denied or downplayed its near-genocidal policy against the predominately Muslim ethnic minority, the Uighur. But recently leaked files, the largest such leak from within the Chinese Communist Party in decades, reveal that Chinese officials carefully orchestrated an extreme crackdown against the Uighur people in the far western province of Xinjiang.

According to the Chinese government, the Uighur––or at least some Uighur––are violent, anti-Chinese extremists. This is the same reason they gave for the Sinicization of Tibet. Recently, millions of Chinese citizens have forcibly moved into Uighur homes in order to “to report on whether they display Islamic or unpatriotic beliefs.”

Recent images and videos have revealed that China’s “re-education” camps are far more brutal than previously suspected. One video, posted anonymously on both Twitter and YouTube, shows blindfolded and shackled prisoners in a largely Muslim region of China. This adds to the evidence that China is attempting to wipe out, one way or another, its Muslim population. Another recent report revealed that women are sterilized and raped in those camps. A UN Human Rights Council was also told that China is harvesting organs from its ethnic minorities.

According to the most recent accusations, a Muslim woman, described gang rapes, torture, and medical experimentation. She also insinuated that the prisoners killed uncooperative inmates.

If that isn’t bad enough, the Chinese government is also attempting to erase all evidence of the Uighurs’ existence by destroying graveyards in which generations of Uighurs are buried.

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Taiwan vows to support Hong Kong protests

Taiwanese government officials have vowed to help Hong Kong protestors where it’s appropriate, risking the wrath of Beijing and further challenging China’s authoritarianism.

variation of the “Liberate Hong Kong” chant has been heard some 60 miles to the west of Hong Kong in mainland China. The protestors also said that they were “just like” Hong Kong. This, coupled with the new law that will require new mobile phone users to scan their faces, signals that China may be facing more widespread discontent.

The above law does not mean that users will scan their faces with their phones, but rater that they will need to scan their faces at the shop where they buy the SIM card. The law is designed to prevent people from participating on the web under an anonymous identity.

China is instituting this new law in order to better monitor its citizens, who are exhibiting increasing unrest. It’s part of a wider project of surveillance and control.

China is walking a fine line between soft autocracy and full autocracy. The social credit system is basically a dystopian nightmare. It turns the population of China into its own Big Brother, with citizens watching over their peers and themselves to ensure social conformity. That’s soft autocracy. But the revelation that the state has been using bird-shaped drones to surreptitiously spy on their citizens. That’s full autocracy. From the article: “The bird-like drones mimic the flapping wings of a real bird using a pair of crank-rockers driven by an electric motor. Each drone has a high-definition camera, GPS antenna, flight control system and data link with satellite communication capability.”

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