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An Eyewitness’ Accounts on July 2014 Yarkant Massacre

Prepared by Torchlight Uyghur Group

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A massive killing or massacre took place in Yarkand County of East Turkestan on 28 July 2014. In the massacre, the Chinese armed police killed an unknown number of Uyghurs residing in four different villages, including women, children and old people. Chinese government reported that 59 uprisers and 37 innocent people were killed in the “uprising”. Associated Press reported the number “far exceeds what the government has reported” (reference below). A local Uyghur farmer, Yusup, told AP that more than 1,000 Uyghurs disappeared after this incident, and World Uyghur Congress president Rebiya Kadeer said more than 2,000 people were killed in this massacre. The eyewitness whose accounts in an interview are presented in this report put the number of dead and missing to be more than 3,000.

Guo Wengui  is a Chinese billionaire businessman who later became a political activist. He controls Beijing Zenith Holdings (via proxies Li Lin and Jiang Yuehua) and other assets. At the peak of his career, he was the 73rd richest person in China. Since January 23, 2017, Guo has accepted multiple interviews with media, such as Mingjing, VOA and BBC. In a lecture he distributed in Youtube, he said the following regarding this Yarkand massacre:

“Comrade Mengjianzhu, I know your vices are women and booze. You played with so many young Uighur girls in Xinjiang. Please answer Mr Mengjianzhu, how many people did you killed in Xinjiang?

Majian (former deputy minister of Homeland Security) told me that to celebrate your new position as Minister of Public Security, you ordered the killing of more than 1000 Uighurs under the pretext of a crackdown on terror. How many people did you bury in Xinjiang?

That is unimaginable evil. Do you think I’m not aware of the dispute between you and Zhang Chun Xian (former party head of Xinjiang)? Don’t I know what Zhang Chun Xian says about you? Don’t I know what you did against Zhan Chun Xian? I know every detail of your activities in Xinjiang.”

“I always want to talk about Xinjiang. As you know, the former deputy minister of Homeland Security Majian was in charge of Xinjiang. There are so many events you don’t know of. I have seen many videos about Xinjiang. The miserable people of Xinjaing lead a life of suffering. I can’t describe how pitiful it is. The number of deaths unaccounted for are increadibly high. You don’t’ have access to information about it…crowds of people were buried one after another. How could you know about this? Xinjiang is a hell, a hell 24 hours a day, 360 days a year. It is a frightening tragedy.”

The truths about what has really happened in East Turkestan in the past are extremely hard to come by. The reason is, the Chinese government sageguards such information by all means and with extreme care. That is the case with Yarkand massacre also. We managed to obtain the transcript of an interview between an Uyghur activitist and an eyewitness of the Yarkand massacre, and translated it to English. We deteled some content of the transcript that is not related to the Yarkand massacre, but kept the other part as it is.

Interviewer Introduction

Dear readers, our motherland, East Turkestan, is groaning in pain under the systematic oppression enforced by the Chinese transgressors. China is heavily violating the human rights of the Uyghur people in our motherland and turned our homeland into an open prison. Our country, East Turkestan, is belong to us and inherited from our forefathers and our ancestors, who have created a proud history in this beloved soil with their countless sacrifices. Unfortunately, today, with the inhumane crimes of the Chinese communists, our homeland became an ocean of bloodshed. Our East Turkestan is bleeding and the Uyghurs are shedding their tears every day! No! In fact, our Uyghur people are shedding blood instead of tears. Our land is covered with the blood of the Uyghur people, who are oppressed, humiliated, disgraced, and remained helpless without enjoying any rights of humans. However, we will continue our righteous struggles together with all the people, who have similar fate of being oppressed and fight against dictatorship, state terrorism, and merciless suppression around the world. Our struggles for freedom and liberty will last forever. We believe that justice will eventually overcome injustice!

Dear compatriots, a shocking and mysterious incident took place in Yarkand County of East Turkestan in 2014. This massacre was known as “Yarkend Elishqu (it is called as Ailixihu in Chinese pin-yin) incident”. Since that massacre happened, very similar news was spread through different media outlets all around the world. Because of the unstable situations and a constant crisis in the world, people began to forget the incident gradually with the time being. Now, we have had the chance to conduct this interview just before the incident is wiped out from people’s memory since a fellow countryman who was very familiar with the incident contacted us about this event. Through this interview, we also learned a lot of new details about how the incident began, the causes and the process of the uprising, the final procedure of the crackdown, and the numbers of tricks of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) behind the suppression of the incident. Of course, the purpose to have this interview is also to unveil to the international community the violent crimes of the CCP committed against the Uyghur people and the endless suffering of our people. The purpose is to deliver our complaints about the CCP to the global community because only we ourselves can make our own voice heard to the world correctly.

An Eyewitness’ Accounts

The following are the accounts of an eyewitness of July. 2014 Yarkant Massacre. The eyewitness is a male and currently lives abroad.

Just like other places, there were several checkpoints in the village and the time the incident took place was the last day of Ramadan. People mainly prayed at home and mosques at night times. In that night, a crying voice was noticeably high in a house where village women gathered for a prayer. Normally, the checkpoints in villages have more strict security measures than those in towns. So the police arrested the women praying in that house. After the village men learned the news, they went to the police station demanding the authorities to release those women. However, the police not only refused to release the women, but also treated the villagers very rudely. As a result, a friction emerged between the villagers and the police personals, and such a situation lasted all night. According to some details about the friction we heard later, an Uyghur man returned from abroad told the villagers: “We are obliged to fight now because our wives were arrested by the policemen!”

Once the call reached the people in three villages, the people in those villages upraised for resistance, and equipped themselves with whatever they could find, such as axes, adze, knives, and sticks, etc. They took over the control of the villages, and some of them drove their own cars to take control over some strategic points of traffic roads. They blocked the entrances from Urumchi, Yarkand, and Maralbeshi, and started their battle with the Chinese authorities. The villagers got an upper hand in the beginning, attacked the police cars and killed several policement. The head of Dongbagh village was in Elishqu township at the time with an official bisiness. For the reason that the Chinese communists ordered to kill everybody in the siege, the Chinese riot police and army surrounded the villages and killed some number of government official working for the Chinese authorities together with other villagers. The officials who were killed by the Chinese army included the heads of villages and police station staff. According to some witnesses, the dead body of village chief was broken into several parts. The family of the village chief was informed that he was shot dead among the crowd. However, nobody knows for sure that how many Uyghurs and how many Chinese were killed in the conflict.

There was much unofficial news regarding the incident after the Ramadan until the National holiday. The families of government officials who were killed in the conflict received compensation from the government. The amount was reportedly between 600, 000 and one million Chinese yuan. The allocation of the compensation made some families unhappy since the Chinese families received one million yuan when Uyghur families lost their members received 600,000 yuan. In the same incident and in the same duty, the Uyghur families were treated differently from the Chinese families. This is one of the things Uyghur people kept talking for a while.

Let’s come back to the incident. In the night of the day, 28th of July 2014, after the Chinese troops took over the places that the villagers controlled, they killed all the fighters and cleaned up the places. Then they swept into the three villages under the protection of helicopters and tanks. There was an uncultivated land in the west of the three villages. When the Chinese troops were searching the place, some people came out from their homes as they heard the noise of helicopters and they were all shot to death. All the people in the three villages were shot dead, including those who had never participated in the incident. The villages became an empty place without a single person.

After this massacre was over, the local authorities sent some people to clean up the spot. One of them told me what he witnessed during that clean-up. When they were cleaning the spot, an 80 years old women walked toward them. Several soldiers shouted at the old woman to stop and go back. The old woman said she was looking for her grandchild and didn’t stop. The soldiers shot her dead on the spot.

There was a new developing area in Yarkant that is under the construction. It was called the Southern New City. There were no any people living there at that time. According to some unofficial news, the bodies of the villagers that were killed by the Chinese troops were buried somewhere in that Southern New City. This is still a big secret and majority of the nearby residents came to such conclusion because they saw a lot of trucks constantly moving around the Southern New City just after the incident.

My father-in-law told me about this when he was travelling with us. There was such an announcement at the time. Indeed, we saw with our own eyes that the roadsides were filled with armed soldiers. The situation was so dire that it was impossible to stop and observe what was happening, that was not even allowed. It was later revealed by some people who were among those putting down the uprising that the people who were killed were buried in South New District (Jenubi Yengi Sheher) and was paved over by cement. Those military vehicles/trucks that I saw with my own eyes were also covered with fabrics, and we can’t say for certain if there were dead bodies inside or not. However, it was clear that this was kept secret from the whole Uyghur population. Nevertheless, there was a basis for people’s suspicions, and we think that both possibilities – either burying the dead bodies in the brick kiln, or burying them in the South New District – are there. Because no one saw that with his/her own eyes. In reality, if the number of the dead were smaller, there wouldn’t be so much speculations among the people. But, since the number of dead was about 3000 from the 4 towns, and because the dead were not taken care of properly in time, the dead bodies started to decompose and started to smell, which reached the neighboring towns; there were also a lot of bloods on the streets. All these resulted in various speculations among the people. Also, because those who were patrolling the streets were mostly Uyghurs, they ended up revealing some of the secrets to their families and friends, and thus it started to spread among the people. However, because all of those who attended in taking care of the dead bodies were Han Chinese, it was impossible to obtain an exact answer about where exactly those dead bodies were buried.

Reference:

“China: Execute My Mother and My Wife Instead! I will Pay for the Bullets”

This report is prepared by Torchlight Uyghur Group

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January 21, 2018

“I ask the Chinese government to execute my mother and my wife, and I will pay for the bullets!” told Abdurahman Hasan, an Uyghur businessman from Kashgar, to Istiqlal TV, a Turkish based media outlet in Uyghur language, last week.

This is the first time he has openly ever criticized the Chinese government’s abuses of the human rights in East Turkestan, despite all of the potential dangers that his other family members and his business may face from the Chinese government.

His mother, Amina Memet, a 68-year-old retired teacher who had worked for 30 years for a local government in East Turkestan, and his wife, Tunsagul Nurmuhemmed, mother of two children and a 22-year-old housewife, have been being detained in concentration camps for almost a year, and the whereabouts of his two young children remain unknown.

Abdurahman is a successful businessman in his fruit exporting business to bordering Central Asian countries.  In 2015, he invested a fairly large amount of money to build a soccer sport (Uyghur football) school and club to promote local football industry in Kashgar, a city bordering Pakistan in southern East Turkestan. For that reason he became a target of routine surveillance to the local authorities for his influence in Uyghur society.  He left China in January 2017 to Turkey when the local government began to crack down on all kinds of influential Uyghur public figures and send the people who considered by the government as politically unreliable to concentration camps.

Why his mother and wife detained?

Abdurahman Hasan said, “First of all, their only crime is being Uyghur. Secondly, like many other Uyghurs whose relatives are currently living in Turkey or in other countries, my mom and wife were faced with repression and were sent to concentration camps to receive political re-education and brainwashing.”

He has not been able to contact with his family almost a year after he left China to Turkey. He thought they were sent to so-called re-education camps.  But when he got to know about the real conditions of the camps and the situation of his mother in the camp last night ,he couldn’t help keeping silence about the tragedy, and decided to stand up to tell the truth to the whole world.

He sobbed out his mother’s recent situation this way: “My mother has to get up at 5:30 am in the morning and had to sit on a hard bench staring at the ground.  At 8:00am she eats a solid bread for breakfast and continues to sit staring at the ground or the ceiling.  She had to sit on the bench until 10:30 pm without moving, except going to a toilet for two or three times a day.”

Abdurahman Hasan said he was told that, because of her old age, she was not able to recite the political propaganda of the CCP authority, as a result she was forced to starve all day long.   Abdurahman said, “I was told that the concentration camp where she is kept is one of the best, and has the best conditions.  It was prepared for only government officials and so-called two-faced officials.  But the conditions of other average camps, similar to the one in which his wife was being held, are much more terrible.

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Amina, 68 (left), and his son Abdurahman Hesen (right).  Amina’s picture was taken just before she was taken away to a concentration camp by the local authority.

Aburahman said, “The policies of the Chinese government are rather brutal in comparison with any other rulers including Hitler.  Because Hitler killed the Jewish people directly and openly, but the Chinese communist nationalists are killing the Uyghur people slowly, covertly, one by one, and by torturing and terrifying them.”

He said he wants to tell the Chinese government: “Chinese government, please don’t mistreat and torture my mom and my wife. I beg you to execute them directly. I pay for the bullets . This is much better for them than living under terror, torture and humiliation.”

He also said: “I want to tell this to the officials at the Chinese Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.  I want to tell the true story about our homeland to the government officials of Turkey and the US.”

Many media organizations around the world have recently reported that a large portion of the Uyghur population is being detained either in jails or in so-called “re-education camps” (http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/ ) while their children are being kept in countless orphanages in the East Turkestan.

The number of the Uyghurs currently being held in these Nazi-style political “re-education” concentration camps is more than 1million.  That is a number known officially inside East Turkestan, but all the unofficial numbers we obtained from various sources exceed one million. The conditions of the concentration camps are horrific because of the fact that such a large number of Uyghurs are locked up in relatively small and crowded spaces. We have also learned from some Uyghurs who recently lost their close relatives in the concentration camps that a significant number of Uyghurs are losing their lives in those camps every day. The families of the victims are just receiving their dead bodies from those overcrowded concentration camps. The local authorities are not giving back the bodies of the younger Uyghurs died, instead, just burying them in the nearby empty fields. This and what Abdurahman Hasan has told us above are just a few examples of the horrible conditions in these concentration camps.

Uyghur language source of the above content:

http://www.istiqlalhaber.com/???????????_?????_????????_??????_??_????????_?????_??????_???????_?????_?????–11386.html

Ai Weiwei on Tibet

From the Tibet Society:

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On the 16th of September, Ai Weiwei was in London and during a Q&A session was asked ‘how the Chinese felt about the oppression of the Tibetan people.’

His carefully worded answer:

“Tibet, and also some related situation like minority situations, [is the] result of this whole system. If the system is not changed, if the political situation is not changed, I don’t think Tibet has a chance for the condition to change.”

“It’s a very sad situation but I think it is lacking of communication, lacking of sincerely understanding of humanity or respect of different culture and language. This not only happens to Tibetan people but also happens to Chinese. It’s just the general condition.”

For Freedom!

The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 7

On June 2, 1996 we commemorated Democracy Day and the seventh anniversary of the TianAnMen Square massacre.

Flag Man and Our Protectors (Notice the famed EMT vehicle and another park security vehicle in the background)

Flag Man and Our Protectors
(Notice the famed EMT vehicle and another park security vehicle in the background)

The park was still calling law enforcement every time we showed up as shown above, even though there was never any property damage, unauthorized entry into the park, and we picked up after ourselves.

We can't do it there, but we can do it here ! Protesters and view of the rear of the Potala Palace Exhibit

We can’t do it there, but we can do it here !
Protesters and view of the rear of the Potala Palace Exhibit

 Protesters Lined Up along the Back Wall (May be a familiar scene elsewhere)

Protesters Lined Up along the Back Wall
(May be a familiar scene elsewhere)

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

“Zero Spread” Requirements

Recently a list of regulations published as a ‘Work memo’ were imposed on Beijing Taxicab drivers. The English translation was published by the China Digital Times.

Among the rules were the following:

III. “Zero Spread” Requirements for Taxicabs During the 18th Party Congress Security Period (Convening on November 8 )

(1) During the 18th Party Congress period, taxicab drivers are to “seal the door” and “seal the windows.” “Seal the door” by activating child safety locks on the doors. “Seal the windows” by removing window cranks.

(2) During the 18th Party Congress period, taxicab drivers are to be on guard for passengers carrying any type of ball. Look for passengers who intend to spread messages by carrying balloons that bear slogans or ping-pong balls bearing reactionary messages.

(3) During the 18th Party Congress period, if driver finds himself on a route through areas of political importance, he must find a detour. Pay attention to technique and manner in order to avoid unnecessary conflict with passengers.

(4) During the 18th Party Congress period, drivers are to regularly inspect the inside and outside of their vehicles in order to ensure lawbreakers have not affixed reactionary materials or messages to the vehicle.

(5) Report any information that could affect public stability in a timely fashion. The public security corps will reward those who notify public security messengers.

The point of these rules are clear, the Chinese Communist Party can not stand any other voices to be heard or for their 18th Party Congress to be sullied in any fashion.
Imagine if these rules were imposed on the cities hosting the Republican or Democratic National Conventions.
OTOH, the city of Tampa, host of the 2012 Republican National Convention, opened areas for demonstrators to speak and even though hundreds of protestors showed up, there was none of the vandalism, violence, mayhem or countless arrests that marred other events where these folks showed up to protest.

The Chinese Communist Party still believes that the Chinese people are unsuited to be able to make decisions for themselves and must be tightly controlled. If that isn’t racist, then I don’t know what racist means.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

Caging the Monster

I was directed to a piece on the China Heritage Project of the Australia National University webpages called “Caging the Monster.”
It begins:

“I am a Chinese writer. Allow me to say a few words about my country.”

and ends:

Finally, I hope you believe me that I am not a class enemy, nor an over-thrower of governments. All I want is to cage the monster. Yes, I am criticizing my country, but that doesn’t mean I hate my country. Rather, I love my country. I love her splendid mountains and rivers and her great civilization. I appreciate the suffering she has experienced. In fact, I love my country even more because of the suffering she has been through. Yes, I am criticizing her rotten system, but I do not want to see bloodshed while my country is improving herself. I hope the system will improve gracefully. I hope in the near future, in my country, flowers of freedom will blossom and children will smile without fear. I hope in the near future, my country, an ancient civilization, a land of suffering, will become a nation of prosperity, peace and freedom, for all.

The part in the middle is thought-provoking as well as the writings of a brave person who could suffer tremendous punishments for speaking his mind. Please take a moment to read his words and pass them along for others to see so that his potential sacrifice will have greater value.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

Lawlessness Advisories on the WWW

Imagine, the thought of doing business in the People’s Republic of China is normally shown as a great thing with many profits to be had. After all, didn’t these people hold an international sporting event not too long ago? We can ignore the abuses in human rights because ‘that is the way they are’ or the low wages (or zero wages if you are trapped in laogaiju) are OK because ‘they have a different take on life and aren’t materialistic.’ Rubbish, of course; but it will soothe the conscience while pocketing the dividends of cheap oppressed labor.
Slaves

While I’m still imagining the business idea, where many international corporations are spending significant cash to fund new business with the leaders of the People’s Republic of China, I bumped into an advisory on the website of the Beijing Embassy of India:

Advisory for Indian businessmen/traders doing trade/business with Yiwu- Jan 3, 2011
01/03/2012
Advisory for Indian businessmen/traders doing trade/business with Yiwu
Indian traders and businessmen are hereby cautioned not to do business with Yiwu in Zhejiang province. They should be aware that when there are trade disputes with Yiwu, the Indian businessmen/traders can be illegally held under detention and mistreated by Chinese businessmen there. Based on experience, there is no guarantee that legal remedies will be readily available. Furthermore, in case of disputes arising, experience suggests that there is inadequate protection for safety of persons. All people who have business/trade with Yiwu are cautioned against doing business there and all people who do not have business/trade with Yiwu are requested to be careful that they do not do business with Yiwu. Indian businessmen are cautioned to stay away from Yiwu.

In case the original is removed, a pdf version exists here.

Seriously. There are lawlessness advisories on the internet for the People’s Republic of China? Are they normally kept to a smaller audience or is this just a the mark of escalating lawlessness. And you want to give them my job?

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

Tip of the hat to Christian Bale…

When Christian Bale went to see a blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng last week, the plainclothes police guarding Chen reportedly roughed up the actor.

When confronted the PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson blamed the incident on Bale, saying:

What I understand is that the actor was invited by the director Zhang Yimou to attend the movie premiere. He was not invited to any village in Shandong to create news or make a film.
If he wants to create news, I don’t think that would be welcomed by China.
Reuters 12-21-2011

Chen is just one of many activists that are under house arrest as a result of the ‘Arab Spring.’ Almost all are in for trumped up charges, if the authorities even file charges. The only reason for the mass jailings is to maintain the absolute power of the Communist Chinese Party over the Chinese people and others that have been or are in the process of being ‘assimilated.’

How long before most of the people under the control of the Chinese Communist Party have had enough?

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China: Wukan Village Ejects Corrupt Officials

Chinageeks has a summary of the happenings in Wukan, where corrupt Chinese government officials have been ejected from the village by the people. Now the village has been surrounded and the violence will escalate.

The Seeds of Wukan from chinageeks films on Vimeo.

These are brave people.

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Freedom’s Herald

China's Attacks on Dissidents

According to a report released by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the People’s Republic of China actively targets dissidents inside the US.

  • Some of the espionage carried out on behalf of China is conducted by nonprofessional collectors. These nonprofessional collectors may be motivated by profit, patriotism, feelings of ethnic kinship, or coercion. Even in many cases where there is no obvious direct state involvement in the theft or illegal export of controlled technology, the Chinese government encourages such efforts and has benefited from them.
  • Recent cases of espionage involving China show evidence of more focused efforts at information collection employing sources outside of the Chinese-American community.
  • Chinese operatives and consular officials are actively engaged in the surveillance and harassment of Chinese dissident groups on U.S. soil.
  • Do you have a problem in being told what you can believe by a foreign government?

    If so, I encourage everyone to be a dissident so that the Chinese Communist Party can have more people to watch and spend more money on watching them.

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