CCP Accused of Using COVID Protocols to Further Discriminate Against Uyghurs

The lockdowns come after a reported surge in coronavirus cases.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is closing the residential “residential communities” in the occupied Uyghur region of East Turkistan called Xinjiang.
  • Leaders in China have asserted that an influx of tourists in and out of the region have triggered a new outbreak of coronavirus.
  • Chinese state-run Global Times reported Wednesday that the Communist party is only locking down Urumqi, the capital of East Turkistan.
  • “Urumqi, capital city of Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, will partially suspend public transportation and close off residential communities for five days starting from Wednesday as the city registered 27 positive [Chinese coronavirus] cases,” according to Chinese media reports
PAST ACTIONS AGAINST THE UYGHURS:
  • In 2017, communist dictator Xi Jinping started the process of transforming East Turkistan into a totalitarian police state by erecting a vast network of concentration camps, putting high-tech camera and GPS surveillance in place.
  • This brought a large number of ethnic Han communists to observe the movements of the local indigenous population.
  • It is estimated that 3 million people were housed in the concentration camps at their height, the majority of whom were Muslim members of local indigenous ethnic groups such as Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz.
  • Many of those populations were later transported to cotton fields and factories to work as slaves across the country.
BACKGROUND:
  • East Turkistan is currently experiencing a new wave of coronavirus lockdowns, joining a number of other areas in south and west China, including occupied Tibet. According to state-run media in China, the lockdowns were necessary because vacationers had brought the virus to those more remote areas.
  • State-run media has also reported that since forcing residents of the largest city, Shanghai, into house arrest in June, the government has also stopped using the term “lockdown.”