Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

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20.07.2020-Global Voices Online

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state
Screenshot from YouTube video uploaded by Gheni to seek support for his disappeared family members.

The author’s identity has been kept anonymous for safety reasons.

Startingin 2017,the Uyghur community living in China has been subject to increased targeting and indiscriminate imprisonment by the Chinese authorities. This policy of racial and religious profiling has led many young Uyghurs to leave China or stay in exile, chiefly in Europe. The11 million Uyghursin the western region ofXinjiangin China are a Muslim Turkic nation that has been targeted by Beijing more systematically since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to power in 2012. Widely portrayed as‘motherland separatists’or simply‘terrorists’in mainstream Chinese discourse – including government statements and the media – Uyghurs have been deprived of theirmost basic human rights, including freedom of religion, movement, and of using their native…

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