Chinese use Muslim holidays for propaganda purposes, celebrating with Uyghurs — Radio Free Asia

Xinjiang authorities have sent local cadres to celebrate an Islamic holiday with Uighurs in China’s far western region amid continued crackdown on the predominantly Muslim minority group, in what Uighur rights leaders claimed to be an extra effort to cover up the real situation there.

Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha (Qurban Eid) is a major event Islamic holiday which marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This year, the holidays began at sunset on July 8 and ended in the evening of July 9.

Chinese state media reported huiju work teams made up of local cadres who “visited” Uyghurs bringing gifts of food and helping them work in their fields to celebrate the holiday.

State media also released a video of Uyghurs dancing in what some observers said were staged performances.

A report on Tengritagh (Tianshan), the official website of the XUAR government, told how visitors spent the holiday celebrating with Uyghurs and delivering gifts of rice, noodles, cooking oil and milk.

A huiju The Jinghe County Water Conservancy Management Bureau work team held a celebration with the theme “National unity, one family and Eid al-Adha” in which people gathered to sing and dance at a farm in Jinghe County in Xinjiang’s Bortala Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture (in Chinese, Bortala Menggu), the report said.

“Everyone dressed up in festive costumes and danced gracefully,” he said. “There are well-choreographed folk dances and modern dances, as well as poetry readings and calligraphy displays. Everyone actively participated in the national unity knowledge quiz, and the activity scene was filled with passion for unity and progress.

Another report on the Tengritagh website cited instances of Uyghurs expressing gratitude to the Chinese Communist Party during the holidays.

A huiju A team from the State Grid Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture Power Supply Company in Shalatala village in Artush (Atushi) visited the houses of the poor and “went deep into the fields and helped the villagers with agricultural work”, says the item.

An elderly villager named Ani Abriz expressed his gratitude for the help offered by the team and reportedly said, “Thank you to the party and the government for their attention and concern for us. The first secretary also paid for the exterior wall of our house. Our whole family was very moved.

China’s attempts to deceive the international community by portraying ‘happy Uyghurs’ as part of its propaganda are becoming ‘more and more naked’, said Ilshat Hassan Kokbore, a US-based political analyst and vice president of the executive committee of the World Uyghur Congress.

“It is clear from his latest propaganda blitz featuring Uyghurs ‘joyfully’ celebrating Qurban Eid under the watch of fang huiju officials,” he said, referring to cadres sent by the regional government to monitor Uyghurs in their homes and report their activities to authorities.

“Their job is to monitor, manipulate and even threaten Uyghurs by forcing them to smile, look happy and perform for state media to deceive the world,” Kokbore told RFA. “In fact, what we are witnessing is an intensive form of state repression. This inhumane treatment of Uyghurs is more than shocking, but pure evil.

Rushan Abbas, executive director of the U.S. campaign for the Uyghurs, said China’s “manipulation and orchestration of Uyghur happiness during Eid” would not fool anyone.

“The international community is fully aware that China is committing an ongoing genocide against the Uyghur people and rooting out the Uyghur people’s belief in Islam over the past six years,” she told RFA.

“No amount of Chinese propaganda and manufactured Uyghur happiness will change the fact that China is actively destroying the very foundation of the religious beliefs and practices of the Uyghur people,” she said.

Earlier this year, on Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, China portrayed Uyghurs in Xinjiang as enjoying religious freedom with public celebrations, contradicting documented reports by human rights groups of state-sponsored human rights abuses inside the country. Region.

Residents of Kashgar (Kashi) say authorities allegedly paid Uyghur Muslim men to dance outside Xinjiang’s most famous mosque to celebrate the May 1-2 holiday in a show recorded and broadcast by state media. State before a scheduled United Nations visit. human rights chief later that month.

Since 2017, Chinese authorities have stepped up their crackdown on Uyghurs and other Turkish minorities across Xinjiang, detaining up to 1.8 million members of these groups in internment camps. Ill-treatment also includes serious human rights abuses, torture and forced labor as well as the eradication of linguistic, cultural and religious traditions.

Credible reports from Western rights groups and media documenting widespread abuse and repression in Xinjiang have prompted the United States and some Western country parliaments to declare that the Chinese government’s action amounts to genocide and crimes against humanity.

Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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