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July 5th, 2009 Incident in Urumchi

The details of what happened (as far as can be ascertained given the press blackout and censorship) in Urumchi have been covered by all major news outlets. What may not have been covered is the non-governmental, non-nationalistic Han Chinese approach. Below is the English transcript of Mr. Wei Jingsheng’s view on the subject:

Who Should Be Responsible For the Riots in Urumqi?

— Wei Jingsheng
On July 5, 2009, large scale riots broke out in Urumqi, the Capital City of XinJiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. They started with several thousand of Uyghurs’ peacefully protesting in the city center. Later on, violent actions started. Some emotional Uyghur youths chased to kill Han Chinese, include women and children. Some broke into shops with violence, beat and killed the innocent civilians and burnt vehicles.

Almost two hours after the violence started, the Chinese government police started to interfere. Four to five hours had already passed from the gathering of large number of protesters, before the Chinese government mobilized police forces. Also according to reliable information, the Chinese government and police already knew in advance of the large-scale demonstration, yet did not take any precaution and warning action. They let the emotionally charged thugs in a mixed lot assault and murder people which cost more than thousands wounded and hundreds killed, including women and children.

Only after the violent actions had reached to the serious degree of burning, killing and robbing, the Chinese government set out their military police which had been hidden in advance. Large number of Uyghurs were massacred and arrested. This kind of action taken by the Chinese government that indulges violence instead of trying to stop it, has provoked extreme anger in the local Han Chinese. In the last a few days, large numbers of Han Chinese holding sticks and other weapons entered the Uyghurs’ residential areas to provoke and to revenge. They were immediately dispersed by tear-gas bombs from the police.

From the process of the event development, it was obvious that the Chinese government wants to use the dissatisfied mood in the Chinese society to indulge and to guide people to give vent of violent mood. The Chinese government wants to use this method to produce ethnic conflict, thus to turn people’s feelings against the government into ethnic conflicts. To provoke one people against another people is a consistent skill of the Chinese Communist Party over the past several decades. The government is in such a high degree of proficiency of this skill that it is almost flawless for the average people to observe and to realize.

Otherwise, how could the Chinese Communist Party announce at its earliest moment that the riot “was plotted and organized by the overseas reactionaries”? More, the government officials leading slogan of “Down with Rebiya”. Obviously, the Chinese government planned beforehand and according to their plan, produced this bloody massacre. The Chinese Communist regime must take responsibility for all the people who were killed, including both Han Chinese and Uyghurs. The Chinese Communist regime in XinJiang is the real ringleader for the massacre and arrests.

Some friends were suspicious that the “World Uyghur Congress” lead by Rebiya Kadeer was part of the criminal act as well, and asked if they participated in this riot. I could responsibly tell you: that is impossible.

First, we can make our judgment from the history and current situation of Uyghurs’ opposition organizations.

In the past, there were various oppositions within the Uyghurs, from those who were for peace, rational and non-violent approaches, to these who even supported terrorists. Until the end of the last century, due to the wealthy funding from some Muslim countries and organizations, the terrorist faction headquartered in central Asia was fairly large. Some of them initiated terrorist attacks against common citizens in China, which has not only disgusted by the Han Chinese, but also were generally opposed by the Uyghur people, as well as opposed by the international society.

So, in the joint conference by the World Uyghur Youth Congress and National Congress of East Turkistan in 2000, they had some resolutions, which included “being against any violent actions toward common people”, “uniting other ethnic groups including Han Chinese for independence”, and “taking a full scale cooperation with the Chinese democratic movement, in the future to solve the XinJiang issue by negotiation with a democratic government of China”.

These resolutions have not just won the support of most Uyghur organizations over the globe, but also won the support of the majority of Uyghurs overseas and in XinJiang. This is the foundation for the “World Uyghur Congress” which emerged later on. Especially after the anti-terrorist war, the terrorist organizations which received financial and base trainings from Osama bin Laden were mostly cut off. The terrorist factions further reduced their activities.

The “World Uyghur Congress” emerged under such a background. So to forcefully tie it with terrorism is just a trick that the Chinese Communist Party used to graft rumors in an effort to defame. We should notice that, during the Beijing Olympics period last year, the violent attacks against the Chinese Communist regime by some Uyghurs targeted the Chinese police and armies, instead of the common people. That kind of action is different from “terrorism”.

Surely the Chinese Communist knows all these, which are not secret. However, the first claim by the Chinese government after the Urumqi riot happened, was to declare that the “World Uyghur Congress” has organized and plotted the riot, and even named Rebiya Kadeer to be the ring leader. This act exactly exposed that the Chinese Communist Party had pre-planned this bloody massacre.

In addition, many observers have noticed the direct link between these Urumqi riots and the Uyghur-Han Chinese conflict that happened not long ago in ShaoGuan of GuangDong province. The Chinese government also admits that link. If we followed the logic of the Chinese Communist Party, then this ShaoGuan incident would also be plotted by Rebiya Kadeer. However, let us think it over, how it could be possible?!

Also, many observers have already noticed that the ShaoGuan incident was most likely fanned up by the Chinese regime. Without the cooperation and indulge of the regime, several past criminal cases cannot have grown into a riot of several thousand people and subsequently deaths. To form such a large scale riot by people spontaneous responding, could only be possible when there was no police action. In the city with dense population, the police could not claim that they did not know that, not to mention that ambulances arrived much earlier to take the wounded and dead people to the hospital.

To connect with ShaoGuan incident, we could conclude that the Urumqi riot is the action planned and taken by the Chinese Communist regime. Why would the Chinese Communist Party be so stupid? This question has made many people refuse to believe that the Chinese Communist Party is the murderer behind the scenes. We shall discuss this next time.

To hear Mr. Wei Jingsheng’s commentary, please visit:

http://www.weijingsheng.org/RFA/RFA2009/WeiJS090708Urumqi1.mp3

(Written and recorded on July 8, 2009. Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia.)
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Add this to the statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of Journalists being chased by angry mobs (where are the police during these events?), perhaps the press can start looking at the actions of the Chinese government with a little more scrutiny. Certainly the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson standing in front of all those reporters was not expecting to be questioned so severely about their proof, but that was only a start. If we had the opportunity to pass along information to the people of North Korea to help them make rational decisions about the ‘Great Leader’, then we should jump on it. The same is true for the Chinese Communist Party’s rule of the People’s Republic of China, maybe there is more prosperity in material things compared to North Korea, but a lie is a lie and must be identified as such for the people to make rational decisions.

As they are questioned in the world’s media, their people will eventually see the truth as Wei has outlined above and freedom is not far behind.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

The People's Republic of China Lies & Denies Human Rights Violations

According to “China: Government Rebuffs UN Human Rights Council“, a news release from Human Rights Watch – the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, readily denied the evidence of human rights violations presented in front of that body and rejected any recommendation that might improve their human rights record.

Everyone heard that because the 2008 Olympiad was to be held in Beijing that the government was loosening it’s grip on power, allowing freedom of speech and generally shedding their nasty, totalitarian policies – but that didn’t happen.

Everybody must have been bought off to allow the PRC to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council because as the press release says:

“China has betrayed its obligation as an elected member of the council to uphold ‘the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,'” said de Rivero. “UN member states should not let the review process work this way, or they risk rendering the main reform of the UN’s human rights machinery irrelevant.”

Don’t we have a responsibility to the people of the PRC to offer them respite from their tyrannical overlords?

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

The New Aristocracy in Tibet

According to a report on an investigation in the events that started on 3-14-08, there is a new aristocracy that has taken over in Tibet.
This is covered by Fool’s Mountain: Blog For China in a posting entitled: “Chinese think tank investigation report of 3.14 incident in Tibet

Two remarkable points are that the investigation was conducted by Han Chinese and instead of parroting the Party line and fiercely decrying anything that didn’t match, they actually reported what they found. I guess I was used to the normal “Tibet belongs to China“. How refreshing and one point for hope that more minds might become a little less rigid in the future.

The second point is that the leadership seems to be bound at the hip with the Party in Beijing. Who could have guessed.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

More Getting Fed Up With Lies & Deceptions from Chinese Communist Party

In an article entitled, “China TV faces propaganda charge“, the BBC reports that another letter signed by Chinese intellectuals has surfaced. From the article text:

Chinese intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for a boycott of state television news programmes.
The letter says China’s Central Television (CCTV) has turned its news and historical drama series into propaganda to brainwash its audience.

This letter was signed by only twenty academics and lawyers, but we can be assured that these brave souls are just the tip of the iceberg that recognize the truth and long for real freedoms. This letter is not from just a few rural yokels trying to make a statement. It took a lot of careful consideration to muster the courage to stand up to a certain future that will include arrest, loss of livelihood, prison time and possible beatings, torture, and/or death.
Those apologists for the Chinese Communist Party’s draconian policies cheapen the struggle that these brave souls have undertaken. They cheapen the bravery of those that stood in TianAnMen and faced downs tanks. They cheapen the honor and dignity of the authors and signers of Charter 08. The words of these apologists should be carefully examined and their motivation revealed.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

"How Great The Chinese Government Is" (?)

Here’s one from ONN:


China’s Andy Rooney Has Some Funny Opinions About How Great The Chinese Government Is

Despite all the flowery words and statements, the Chinese Communist Party holds the power of life or death, prison or riches over everyone they control. This movie is just an exaggerated example and nobody will suffer from it. On the other hand, billions of our fellow humans have to watch each and every word out of their mouths.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

Where Did All Beijing's Undesirables Go?

In an article published online entitled, “Rounded up into torture camps: the ‘undesirables’ China doesn’t want you to see“, the Daily Mail (UK) lays it all out.

Were I to outline the entire article and repeat the charges confirmed by the journalists in this piece, you may think I was exaggerating the situation.

Less than 30 miles from Beijing are five (5) Reform Through Labor (RTL) camps that now house the ‘undesirables’ from the view of tourists. Grabbed during sweeps through the city, the unfortunate people that were captured are now making the goods for sale at the venues in Beijing.

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games promised press freedoms and no censorship of the internet. The spokesperson has reiterated every day how happy the people in Beijing were and how much progress had been made in their country. I bet that nobody asked the unfortunate folks that are confined right now in the Reform Through Labor (RTL) Camps.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

PS Being sent to a RTL camp is a non-judicial punishment for up to four years. All one need do is be in the wrong place at the wrong time or maybe the local factory needs more, less expensive workers. Remember that the next time you buy goods from the Peoples Republic of China.

The Epoch Times: Quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): 34 million

In a regular series, The Epoch Times has updates to the number of folks that have quit the ruling party of the Peoples Republic of China.

So far, 34,825,743 people have quit the Chinese Communist Party, according to the website. One wonders how many have remained, not out of loyalty, but to help chuck out the bad policies and bad leaders.

With figures like this, it is only a matter of time before the only people in the Chinese Communist Party will be the Politburo and they will be out of power. This is further evidence that the Chinese Communist Party is losing its grip on the situation and freedom will be manifested.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

China May Halt Live Broadcasts from TianAnMen

The article from the AP says it all.
China Might Bar Tiananmen Broadcasts” relates how, despite the multitude of signed agreements and the billions of dollars for the privilege of broadcasting the 2008 Summer Olympiad, the Chinese government will suspend live broadcasts from TianAnMen Square.

TianAnMen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, will not be available as a backdrop for broadcasters, in case someone wishes to show displeasure with the current regime.

This is a hint. The Chinese government has accepted the fact that their enemies, even without arms or ammunition, are so dangerous that even a word to the folks back home is intolerable. Whatever security is placed on people entering the People’s Republic of China, they know that something is going to happen and the plan they had in place will no longer be sufficient.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald