Uyghurs and human rights activists protested against the genocide of the Uyghur nation in Sydney on Thursday, on the eve of the anniversary of the massacre that China wants to erase from history.
It was a profoundly symbolic protest that took place on the eve of the twenty-fourth anniversary of horrendous Uyghur tragedy the world knows nearly nothing. The demonstrators with the posters and national flags stood in front of Communist China's consulate in Sydney on Thursday morning.
"Stop China's Uyghur Genocide", "Where is My Family?", "80,000,000 people killed in 71 years, Blood Debt of Chinese Communist Party", the posters said.
Dozens of protesters, with some wearing blue colors with traditional outfits like man's salwa tälpäk that is a salva talpek Uyghur hats and the unique woman's dresses, demanded, from Communist China information about the imprisoned Uyghurs. Standing in front of China's consulate in Sydney, some of them covered faces with masks, a reminder of their fear that Beijing could intimidate their families in their countries but also in Australia.
Dr. Chongyi Feng from Australian Values Alliance and President of Uyghur community Mr. Mehmet Obul led the protests.We Uyghurs, victims of the Chinese Communist Party, like every one of you, are holding a protest, the author of an invitation to the event stated. We share the same fate of destruction, and our futures are bound to each other, the text emphasised. We need to support one other, not only as people of conscience but also as victims of Chinese Communist Party, the author concluded.
Photos of a nominee to the Nobel Peace Prize, renowned linguist Dr. Ilham Tohti, a professor of folklore traditions Dr. Rahile Dawut and Dr. Gulshan Abbas, sister of the US Uyghur activist Rushan Abbas were on the posters. One of them was a demand from Olympic Committee to take the winter games from Beijing.
With posters, Uyghur reminded Australians about the most heinous crimes of the Chinese Communist Party, including the joint-ventures with Western firms that have utilised slave labor of their family and friends. "Boycott China Made With Enslaved Uyghur Labor", the poster with logos of tens of world brand reminded.
On the opposite side, several police officers have stood under the high wall with mounted face-recognition cameras in the center of Sydney, watching protesters.
Protesters held Australia's national flag and the Uyghur's light blue with moon and star. The author of one poster stated: World must stand up to save Uyghurs".
They cried for freedom for their loved ones. They demanded to stop the persecution of the dissent on the eve of the massacre that the majority of the Western world have not heard.
China's prevented the West from the truth about that the horrendous massacre on Uyghurs
On the morning of February 5, 1997, hundreds of young Muslim believers in the protest in the second-biggest city of Ghulja, in Uighur: غۇلجا, (called by Chinese Yining) demanded freedom for those detained the night before. The arrested gathered for traditional prayers in their homes during the month of Ramadan, a holy time for Muslims.
Communist China's police opened fire with live bullets at the protesters killing at least 100 and seriously injuring hundreds. After the demonstration, the secret police had charged protesters and their friends with fabricated accusations of extremism, terrorism, or separatism.
The protesters did not give up and took on the streets again. They called for equal treatment, religious and cultural freedom, as well as freedom of speech.
China's armed police killed more peaceful demonstrators and unjustly arrested hundreds. According to different independent reports, the demonstrations continued on the streets of Ghulja for at least a week.
The regime cracked down on the opposition arresting at least 4,000 Uyghurs who disappeared in China's notorious prison system.According to the minorities American scholar Dr. Frederic S. Staar the China's claims that separatists initiated the demonstration was proved false.
Chinese Communist Party at first called the peaceful demonstrations violent uprising and then a year later imposed a draconian New Criminal Law. It redefined "counterrevolutionary" crimes as "crimes against the state," which were punishable by severe prison terms or even execution. At that time, many human rights organisations warned that Beijing's law was legalised lawlesness. "It was a thinly veiled attempt to criminalize "political" actions by transforming them into other violations, thus preserving China's ability to claim that it holds "no political prisoners."", stated an author of the research report for US Congress in 1999.
The massacre of Uyghurs in Ghulja caused a wave of repression that continues until today. Since then, the members of the Muslim minority group of the Uyghurs have experienced ongoing arbitrariness, persecution, and violent deaths, said Dr. Ulrich Delius, Asia expert at the Society for Threatened Peoples in Göttingen. China must end the arbitrary persecution, and the Uyghurs must be granted their constitutional rights, Dr. Delius emphasised.
According to the Uyghur reports, Beijing tried to cover up the truth about the massacre's scale. It deployed more than 40,000 armed police to cut off Gulja from the outside world. The regime has almost prevented the West from learning the truth. It has been tireless in imposing its perception on the Western audience.
Some sources, including Wikipedia, call that crime an incident, as China wishes.
However, independent scientists and human rights organisations have already in the 2000s emphasised that the Chinese crimes in the Ghulja are massacres.