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You may have already come across these trending hashtags on social media: #China_is_terrorist and #China_kills_Muslims. This is because China faces international condemnation for actions one can call terrorism against a group of people: Uighur Muslims.


China rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs (alternately Uygurs, Uyghurs or Uigurs) and other mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in internment camps in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.


Muslims are a minority group in China, representing between 0.45% to 2.85% of the total population according to the latest estimates.[1][4] Though Hui Muslims are the most numerous group,[5] the greatest concentration of Muslims is in Xinjiang, with a significant Uyghur population.


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However, many people across the world knew nothing about it, until a Twitter user shared a graphic video from Now This News. This subsequently fueled outrage on social media, leading the hashtags to go viral.



So far, asides the outrage online, people in Hong Kong took to the streets to rally against the inhumanity Muslims in China are forced to endure. The pro-democracy movement likens their plight to that of the oppressed Muslim minority.


The emergence of a huge surveillance and prison system in Xinjiang has been watched closely in Hong Kong, leading to violent protests against Beijing’s rule. Pro-Uighur chants and flags have become commonplace in Hong Kong’s marches. However, today’s rally was the first specifically dedicated to Uighurs.




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Around 1,000 people gathered in a square close to the city’s harbourfront. They listened to speeches warning that the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown in Xinjiang could one day be replicated in Hong Kong.


Shouting through a loudspeaker to a crowd, one speaker said:

“We shall not forget those who share a common goal with us, our struggle for freedom and democracy and the rage against the Chinese Communist Party.”


But their protests were not met kindly.



Hong Kong riot police subsequently broke up a solidarity rally for China’s Uighurs. One officer even drew a pistol.


According to an AFP reporter on the scene, the initially peaceful rally descended into chaos when a small group of protesters removed a Chinese flag from a nearby government building and tried to burn it.


Organisers stopped the flag being burned but riot police then swooped in with pepper spray. This sparked anger from the crowd who threw water bottles. One officer drew his side-arm and pointed it at the crowd but did not fire. Multiple protesters were seen being detained.


The rally in support of Uighurs is likely to anger Beijing.


Meanwhile, take a look at some reactions elicited online below:


China rolled out a sweeping crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities after a series of deadly attacks by militants. It bristles at any criticism of its policies in Xinjiang and warns against foreign criticism.


Beijing initially denied the existence of the Xinjiang camps, but now says they are “vocational training centres” necessary to combat terrorism.


Few Muslim countries have openly criticised China given its huge economic clout. But increasingly high profile figures are speaking out.


Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, a German of Turkish origin, criticised China’s actions last week and the Muslim community’s silence but has since come under a barrage of attacks from Beijing.


Sources: Twitter, AFP / Jerome Taylor, Now This News


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