Internment Camps in China

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Oscar Saucedo, Writer

Xinjiang, where about 11 million Uighur’s and other Muslim minorities live, is an autonomous region in China’s northwest that borders Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia. It has been under Chinese control since 1949, when the People’s Republic of China was established.

Uighur’s speak their own language an Asian Turkic language similar to Uzbek and most practice a moderate form of Sunni Islam. Some activists, including those who seek independence from China, refer to the region as East Turkestan.

Once situated along the ancient Silk Road trading route, Xinjiang is oil- and resource-rich. As it developed along with the rest of China, the region attracted more Han Chinese, a migration encouraged by the Chinese government.

That demographic shift inflamed ethnic tensions, especially within some of the larger cities. In 2009, for example, riots broke out in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, after Uighur’s protested their treatment by the government and the Han majority. About 200 people were killed and hundreds injured during the unrest.

The Chinese government blamed the protests on violent separatist groups, a tactic it would continue to use against the Uighur’s and other religious and ethnic minorities across China.

The Chinese government justifies its clampdown on the Uighur’s and Muslim minorities by saying it’s trying to eradicate extremism and separatist groups. Attacks, some violent, by Uighur separatists have occurred in recent years, and some Uighur’s have become foreign fighters, joining groups like ISIS. But there’s little evidence of any cohesive separatist movement with jihadist roots or otherwise that could challenge the Chinese government, some experts say.

Xinjiang is also a major logistics hub of Beijing’s ambitious belt and road initiative, a trillion-dollar infrastructure project along the old Silk Road meant to boost China’s economic and political influence around the world. Xinjiang’s increasing importance to China’s global aspirations is a major reason Beijing is exerting its control in the region.

Since 2017, there have been over 380 internment camps in China up and running to this day. 1.5 million Muslims are held in these internment camps, getting beat, Murdered, because China’s communist regime claims the detentions are “… to help a small group of people who are eroded by terrorist and extremist thoughts to return to their right thoughts…”

 

The reality: It’s incredibly easy to be labeled as an extremist and sent to an internment camp. You can end up there by practicing your faith, speaking your native language, wearing traditional clothing or growing a beard, traveling abroad, especially to Muslim-majority countries, or even for refusing a marriage by proposal from a Han Chinese suitor.

China mockers there media so they choose what goes in and out of it, we only know certain details on what happens in the Interment camps but we do know that family’s are getting separated everyday and innocent people are getting held against there will, getting beat, killed and we fought to stop these camps, but they are still happening to this day.