Unrest in Xinjiang: Where's the Muslim outrage?
Muslims around the world have largely remained silent about last week's deadly riots between Han Chinese and Uighurs. What makes this case of 'oppression' of Muslims different than others?
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Nope. It's just more deafening silence from the Muslim Street in the wake of last week's ethnic riot that killed more than 184 in China's restive Xinjiang Province, home to the Uighurs, a Muslim minority group.
According to the Chinese government, the majority of the victims in the riot were Han Chinese, attacked by Uighurs who've complained for decades about being marginalized, abused, neglected, and oppressed ever since former Communist leader Mao Zedong launched a campaign to flood Xinjiang with Han Chinese in 1960s. But many of the victims were Uighurs, too, and thousands of Uighurs were arrested as a result of the melee. Many could face execution.
China also closed mosques last week – just one of many strict limits on freedom of expression in Xinjiang.
Not that the Monitor would ever be in favor of such protests against any country. But why does it seem as though there such a different reponse for China?
“So far the Islamic world is silent about the Uighurs' suffering because the Chinese authorities have been very successful in [their] propaganda to the Muslim world … that the Uighurs are extremely pro-west Muslims - that they are modern Muslims, not genuine Muslims," she said at a press conference Monday in Washington.