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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

"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

Xinna on Human Rights in Southern Mongolia

A new project by the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center, in addition to the Free Hada Now ! website is the Xinna On Human Rights in Southern Mongolia blog and podcast.

Xinna on Human Rights in Southern Mongolia

The blog and podcast provide the original audio (in Chinese) from telephone interviews and a written English translation.

Visit today and start keeping up on what is happening in Southern (Inner) Mongolia.

For Freedom,
Freedom’s Herald

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

Twelve Suggestions for Dealing with the Tibetan Situation by Some Chinese Intellectuals

This blog isn’t about bashing China or the Chinese people. This blog is a voice for human rights and human dignity. So I am standing in solidarity with the folks that wrote these suggestions, signed their names and put their lives on the line for the people of Tibet.

  1. At present the one-sided propaganda of the official Chinese media is having the effect of stirring up inter-ethnic animosity and aggravating an already tense situation. This is extremely detrimental to the long-term goal of safeguarding national unity. We call for such propaganda to be stopped.
  2. We support the Dalai Lama’s appeal for peace, and hope that the ethnic conflict can be dealt with according to the principles of goodwill, peace, and non-violence. We condemn any violent act against innocent people, strongly urge the Chinese government to stop the violent suppression, and appeal to the Tibetan people likewise not to engage in violent activities.
  3. The Chinese government claims that “there is sufficient evidence to prove this incident was organized, premeditated, and meticulously orchestrated by the Dalai clique.” We hope that the government will show proof of this. In order to change the international community’s negative view and distrustful attitude, we also suggest that the government invite the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights to carry out an independent investigation of the evidence, the course of the incident, the number of casualties, etc.
  4. In our opinion, such Cultural-Revolution-like language as “the Dalai Lama is a jackal in Buddhist monk’s robes and an evil spirit with a human face and the heart of a beast ” used by the Chinese Communist Party leadership in the Tibet Autonomous Region is of no help in easing the situation, nor is it beneficial to the Chinese government’s image. As the Chinese government is committed to integrating into the international community, we maintain that it should display a style of governing that conforms to the standards of modern civilization.
  5. We note that on the very day when the violence erupted in Lhasa (March 14), the leaders of the Tibet Autonomous Region declared that “there is sufficient evidence to prove this incident was organized, premeditated, and meticulously orchestrated by the Dalai clique.” This shows that the authorities in Tibet knew in advance that the riot would occur, yet did nothing effective to prevent the incident from happening or escalating. If there was a dereliction of duty, a serious investigation must be carried out to determine this and deal with it accordingly.
  6. If in the end it cannot be proved that this was an organized, premeditated, and meticulously orchestrated event but was instead a “popular revolt” triggered by events, then the authorities should pursue those responsible for inciting the popular revolt and concocting false information to deceive the Central Government and the people; they should also seriously reflect on what can be learned from this event so as to avoid taking the same course in the future.
  7. We strongly demand that the authorities not subject every Tibetan to political investigation or revenge. The trials of those who have been arrested must be carried out according to judicial procedures that are open, just, and transparent so as to ensure that all parties are satisfied.
  8. We urge the Chinese government to allow credible national and international media to go into Tibetan areas to conduct independent interviews and news reports. In our view, the current news blockade cannot gain credit with the Chinese people or the international community, and is harmful to the credibility of the Chinese government. If the government grasps the true situation, it need not fear challenges. Only by adopting an open attitude can we turn around the international community’s distrust of our government.
  9. We appeal to the Chinese people and overseas Chinese to be calm and tolerant, and to reflect deeply on what is happening. Adopting a posture of aggressive nationalism will only invite antipathy from the international community and harm China’s international image.
  10. The disturbances in Tibet in the 1980s were limited to Lhasa, whereas this time they have spread to many Tibetan areas. This deterioration indicates that there are serious mistakes in the work that has been done with regard to Tibet. The relevant government departments must conscientiously reflect upon this matter, examine their failures, and fundamentally change the failed nationality policies.
  11. In order to prevent similar incidents from happening in future, the government must abide by the freedom of religious belief and the freedom of speech explicitly enshrined in the Chinese Constitution, thereby allowing the Tibetan people fully to express their grievances and hopes, and permitting citizens of all nationalities freely to criticize and make suggestions regarding the government’s nationality policies.
  12. We hold that we must eliminate animosity and bring about national reconciliation, not continue to increase divisions between nationalities. A country that wishes to avoid the partition of its territory must first avoid divisions among its nationalities. Therefore, we appeal to the leaders of our country to hold direct dialogue with the Dalai Lama. We hope that the Chinese and Tibetan people will do away with the misunderstandings between them, develop their interactions with each other, and achieve unity. Government departments as much as popular organizations and religious figures should make great efforts toward this goal.

Signatures:

Wang Lixiong (Beijing, Writer)
Liu Xiaobo (Beijing, Freelance Writer)
Zhang Zuhua (Beijing, scholar of constitutionalism)
Sha Yexin (Shanghai, writer, Chinese Muslim)
Yu Haocheng (Beijing, jurist)
Ding Zilin (Beijing, professor)
Jiang peikun (Beijing, professor)
Yu Jie (Beijing, writer)
Sun Wenguang (Shangdong, professor)
Ran Yunfei (Sichuan, editor, Tujia nationality)
Pu Zhiqiang (Beijing, lawyer)
Teng Biao (Beijing, Layer and scholar)
Liao Yiwu ()Sichuan, writer)
Wang Qisheng (Beijing, scholar)
Zhang Xianling (Beijing, engineer)
Xu Jue (Beijing, research fellow)
Li Jun (Gansu, photographer)
Gao Yu (Beijing, journalist)
Wang Debang (Beijing, freelance writer)
Zhao Dagong (Shenzhen, freelance writer)
Jiang Danwen (Shanghai, writer)
Liu Yi (Gansu, painter)
Xu Hui (Beijing, writer)
Wang Tiancheng (Beijing, scholar)
Wen kejian (Hangzhou, freelance)
Li Hai (Beijing, freelance writer)
Tian Yongde (Inner Mongolia, folk human rights activists)
Zan Aizong (Hangzhou, journalist)
Liu Yiming (Hubei, freelance writer)
Liu Di (Beijing, freelance writer)