On November 11, 2000, members of Florida Splendid China held a candlelight vigil in memory of Abduhelil Abdumegit. Abduhelil’s body was stuffed in a grave in late October (2000) and his family was not allowed to even view the body or visit the grave. Abduhelil’s three year incarceration, multiple tortures, multiple beatings and subsequent death stemmed from his attempt to organize a non-Communist Party approved youth group to fight drugs and alcohol in his community. Of course, this would be welcomed by most progressive governments, a community-based effort to keep kids off drugs and alcohol, but the People’s Republic of China considers it a crime. It is just one symptom of the colonial policies being carried out in occupied Eastern Turkestan (the so-called Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.)
The candlelight vigil was punctuated by a number of passing cars that honked horns in support. Also, the van and car loads of people that turned around and left were remarkable. After attendees explained the conditions inside occupied Eastern Turkestan, nobody wished to be a party to the lies and deception of Florida Splendid China.