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An Eyewitness’ Accounts on July 2014 Yarkant Massacre

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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

The Demise of Florida Splendid China part 21

August 31, 2002 a demonstration was held to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of plane crash that killed leaders of the East Turkestan Republic.
The following statement by the Uyghur American Association was video-taped in front of the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit at Florida Splendid China, inside the park.

Confronting the Propaganda In Front of the Propaganda

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 19

In May 1999, Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda held a conference in Orlando, Florida called, “Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America.”
We had a great turn-out and listened to some speeches by informed individuals. The first panel, Exposing Communist Chinese Influence in America Panel Discussion included journalist Ken Timmerman.
The second panel, Exposing Chinese Government Propaganda Panel Discussion, featured talks by Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Bache, and Sebo Koh, representing Eastern Turkestan, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and Taiwan respectively.
The third panel, Panel Discussion on Florida Splendid China propaganda theme park exhibits, was conducted by Bhuchung Tsering on the Potala Palace exhibit at Florida Splendid China. Oyunbilig spoke about the so-called Mausoleum of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Yurt exhibits. Gulamettin Pahta spoke about the Tomb of Apak Hoja exhibit.
Their talks are linked above.

Left to right, Jack Churchward, Bache, Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Sebo Koh

Left to right, Jack Churchward, Bache, Erkin Alptekin, Bhuchung Tsering, Sebo Koh

One of our guests, U.S. Representative Bill McCollum wrote a letter expressing his regrets that he could not be with us and stated:

The agenda for your discussion on China is timely and should prove lively.

The next day we had a Movement and Skills building session, followed by an impromptu demonstration at Florida Splendid China.

Demonstration following the Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America Conference

Demonstration following the Exposing Communist Chinese Government Influence in America Conference

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 18

On the occasion of the Commemoration of the 48th Anniversary of the Takeover of Eastern Turkestan held on October 12, 1997, the late older brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jigme Norbu (Takster Rinpoche), attended the festivities and spoke to the press.

Jigme Norbu answers questions from the assembled media

Jigme Norbu answers questions from the assembled media

Gathering in the parking lot down Florida Splendid China Bvd. prior to the demonstration

Gathering in the parking lot down Florida Splendid China Bvd. prior to the demonstration

Another view of the gathering in the parking lot

Another view of the gathering in the parking lot

Gathering at the main gate of Florida Splendid China on Splendid China Blvd.

Gathering at the main gate of Florida Splendid China on Splendid China Blvd.

Gathering on U.S. Hwy 192 (aka Irlo Bronson Hwy) under Florida Splendid China sign.

Gathering on U.S. Hwy 92 (aka Irlo Bronson Hwy) under Florida Splendid China sign.

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ps if you look closely, that is not an official flag of the People’s Republic of China as it was modified to reflect the attitudes of the demonstrators. In a previous demonstration, the stars representing the ‘minority’ people under Chinese Communist rule were cut out, so that it only had the one yellow star representing the majority Han people.

The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 17

The commemoration of the 47th anniversary of the takeover of Eastern Turkestan was held at the main gate of Florida Splendid China on October 13, 1996.
The night before we had already found a bus with diplomatic plates, but we confined our demonstration to publicly available areas the next day.

As had happened sometimes before, Splendid China security called the Osceola Sheriff’s department on us. After a few visits, they did recognize our right to be on public sidewalks and to hold signs, banners and shout slogans; although they did swing back through the area from time to time to see if we were still there.

At the Main gate during the discussions with the Osceola Sheriff's Office

At the Main gate during the discussions with the Osceola Sheriff’s Office

The watchful Sheriffs (and two FSC security vehicles) across the street from the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

The watchful Sheriffs (and two FSC security vehicles) across the street from the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

Protesters at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

Protesters at the Main Gate of Florida Splendid China during 10/13/96 demonstration.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 13

The afternoon/evening before the demonstration to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the takeover of Eastern Turkestan (October 13, 1996), we made a visit to the now free portion of Florida Splendid China.

In addition to be followed by men in suits with conspicuous bulges where firearms are normally holstered, we also saw the bus from the Chinese embassy in Washington DC parked in the driveway indicating that the theme park was simply another Chinese government facility (as mentioned by the bus driver.)

Pointing Man pointing at Department of State Diplomatic License Plate on bus at Splendid China at 1730 hours October 12, 1996.

Pointing Man pointing at Department of State Diplomatic License Plate on bus at Splendid China at 1730 hours October 12, 1996.

We still do not understand why a Florida theme park required the presence of armed security.

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 12

There actually was television news coverage when the late Takster Rinpoche (TJ Norbu, elder brother of HH Dalai Lama) visited.
Here are some excerpts from that coverage:

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The Demise of Florida Splendid China – part 11

To commemorate the anniversary of Tibetan Uprising day on March 10, 1996, members of Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda (CACCP) once again visited the main gate of Florida Splendid China.

At the main gate of Florida Splendid China - March 10, 1996

At the main gate of Florida Splendid China – March 10, 1996


The median in front of the main gate of Florida Splendid China on March 10, 1996

The median in front of the main gate of Florida Splendid China on March 10, 1996

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