Do we still believe China’s propaganda against the Uyghur genocide?
By Aqil Abdullah
Under huge criticism of its atrocities of Uyghur people in occupied East Turkistan (Uyghuristan), the Chinese government has been obliged to spreading propaganda overseas about ‘happy’ or ‘terrorist’ Uyghurs to dismiss criticism of state-supported persecution in East Turkistan (Uyghuristan). In Chinese propaganda, Uyghurs are usually forced to dance and sing in the streets with artificial smiles on their faces. Recently, like an old habit of making fabricated propaganda, China posted a lot of videos of ‘confession’ and ‘self-criticism’ from prisoners on social media. The textbook issue is one of the productions by which China targets to cover up its crimes of unlawful detainment of Uyghurs in the name of fighting terrorism and avoiding separatism. In this propaganda video, several Uyghur intellectuals who participated in compiling textbooks in the Uyghur language have been sentenced to death or life imprisonment, in spite of the fact that those textbooks were approved and used by the Chinese-run school system for 13 years. Interestingly enough, the video was intentionally English subtitled in an attempt to show the world that China is carrying out ‘reasonable action’ on the Uyghur issue. It is ridiculous to treat textbooks as something criminal after using 13 years and broadcast it in a documentary. If the textbooks really included the extremism and separatism plots, why did the local government give permission to publish it at that time without taking any measures to prevent its ‘hidden danger of inciting violence? And why did it take so long to investigate the ‘crime’ and punish the related ‘double-faced’ people?
In another video, a male detainee ‘confesses’ his crime in response to a police interrogation. In this high-quality video, the police officer asks the detainee some illogical questions about paradise and Jihad in a very friendly atmosphere which is impossible to appear during a usual interrogation in Chinese prisons, and the detainee answers with pre-taught words including absurd phrases like ‘killing his son to enter paradise’. Apparently, the Chinese authorities made this video maliciously misquoting the Quran to distort Quranic verses and attack the Islamic faith, and show the Uyghurs as terrorists.
China is always highly proficient in doing propaganda over Uyghurs. In addition to fake photos and videos, they even fabricated many violent stages to brainwash their people and deceive the world at the same time. The July 2009 Urumchi riot and the 2014 Kunming attack are two examples of China’s performances. In the Kunming attack, what ridiculous is that those ‘Uyghur terrorists’ veil their faces while writing “Uyghur” on the back of their shirts. In reality, they don’t need to do so for Uyghurs can be apparently recognized by their faces. Besides, train stations in China are under heavy police surveillance that no one can enter carrying long-bladed knives. Obviously, the Kunming attack was played by Han Chinese police officers wearing black face masks.
As for the Urumchi riot, firstly, the Chinese authorities widely circulated a video of an Uyghur being beaten to death by Han Chinese men on the internet in an attempt to incite ethnic hatred between Han Chinese and Uyghurs. Then, China allowed University students to protest against it and during the protest, the police in civilian clothes suddenly turned the peaceful protest into a violent riot by sacrificing several hundred Han Chinese civilians. Here, we couldn’t help asking some questions: Why did the Chinese authorities not stop the Shaoguan incident video to be circulated on social media in spite of strict internet surveillance in China especially in East Turkistan? And why did the Chinese government allow the Uyghur college students to protest against the incident despite the fact that demonstrations are illegal in China? The Chinese government statement called the riots a "pre-empted, organized violent crime’. Of course, the riot was organized and directed by the Chinese authorities not by the others.
It is a tradition of China to use fake photos, videos, and riots about ‘happy’ or ‘terrorist’ Uyghurs for their propaganda. However, while the world referred to the suppression against Uyghurs as genocide, it is not beneficial for China to continue doing so anymore. On the next step, the world will not still watch fake videos and enjoy fabricated riot films but take some efficient measures to stop the Uyghur genocide and sanction China on its evil crimes against humanity.