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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, March 19, 2004

China's Muslims suffer fallout from war against terrorism


San Francisco Chronicle

War on Terror "Abdul Qadeer is not a terrorist, and he's thousands of miles away from where various wars on terror are being waged. But the 20-year-old Beijing resident is feeling the heat anyway. "

This is from the linked well written and researched article on the situation of Muslims but particularly Uygurs in post "9/11" China.

I have only one criticism however for in the article the author infers that the use of the word "terrorist" to describe Uygur "separatist/nationalists" only came into the Chinese lexicon after "9/11". This is not the case to be fair the Han began using the word as a metaphor for "separatist" ( name given by Chinese to those Uygurs seeking an independent Uygur state) frequently after the Uygur "riots" in Yining (Gulja) in 1997 as a consequence of which it is claimed many hundreds of Uygurs were executed and imprisoned, and some consequent retaliation attacks. But the frequency of it's usage increased significantly post "9/11"

It is co-incidental also that we see reference to demolitions of Uygur property as being a Han policy tool of ethnic suppression as I spoke of in the previous post

"Muslims are feeling alienated," said Khader Ja, 25, as he kneaded a giant mound of dough at the Heavenly Lake bakery on what used to be known as "Uighur Street." Buildings along the street, inhabited by ethnic Uighurs from Xinjiang Province, were demolished after a 1997 bombing in Beijing by Muslim Uighur separatists that killed two people and injured 30."

Linked Article Read Rating: A Must

P.S. Some incredible coincidence or planning? The Madrid atrocity occurred 911 days after the events of "9/11"