Mustafa Kaya: "East Turkestan and the background of what happened"

Mustafa Kaya: "East Turkestan and the background of what happened"
Date: 24.9.2023 14:00

Milli Gazete columnist Mustafa Kaya writes on latest development in Chinese Persecution of the Uyghurs. Here is the full article.

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Yesterday, I attended the 6th National Unity Council of East Turkestan in Istanbul. First of all, I would like to thank the friends who organized the program. On this occasion, I would like to bring the events in East Turkestan to your agenda once again.
Today, persecution, confusion, conflict and chaos are experienced in many parts of the world, especially in the Islamic world.
Unfortunately, we are faced with different pressures and occupations at many points from Palestine to East Turkestan, from Kashmir to Yemen and Arakan. When we look at the table, we witness that one of the most systematic intimidation policies is happening in East Turkestan.
Let's try to find answers together to the reasons for the oppression and oppression in East Turkestan: "What is it that China cannot agree with these people?"
To find the answer to this question, we first need to examine a little bit of China's history. The People's Republic of China, founded by Mao Zedong in 1945, tried to "dissolve" the nations within China's borders, so to speak, with a policy of systematically degenerating identities, which they called the cultural revolution.
Between 1966 and 1976, when this process, of which Mao was the brainchild, was implemented continuously for 10 years, extraordinary cruelty was inflicted on the people and ethnic groups in China.
In fact, the oppression policies that have continued since 1945 became even more radical after the 1960s. Every idea and approach other than communism, which was now China's ideology, was an enemy to them. From this period onwards, the Chinese administration has focused on a single goal.
Those who did not fulfill the demands of the Beijing bureaucracy, be they Uyghurs, Mongolians, Tibetans, Hui or anyone else, had to be brought to justice. Although this cultural revolution process they claimed officially ended in 1976, assimilation practices still continue.
This intellectual infrastructure, this ideological view, is at the root of the oppression committed in China today.
China wants a colorless, soulless society that sits down when told to "sit" and stands up when told to "stand up".
Especially the Uyghur Turks are the community that does not comply with these excessive demands of China. Because Uyghur Turks have a great history, are affiliated with the Islamic religion, and have a national identity formed from this synthesis.
Unable to break such strong bonds through media, education and bureaucratic obstacles, China is trying to brainwash people and make them wear new identities by establishing concentration camps. When we look at today's data, the figures are terrible: It is estimated that more than 3-4 million people are held in so-called training camps and subjected to oppression and persecution.
So, will China, which spends so much energy and keeps millions in semi-open prisons, be successful? All kinds of pressure policies that have continued since 1945 show that China has not achieved serious "success".
The secret pressure policy that has been going on for decades has now crossed the Great Wall of China and the whole world now knows very well what China is trying to do. On the other hand, religious belief and national identity always maintain their existence no matter how much pressure they are under.
Before China, the Soviet Union tried this with Muslim peoples. England tried it in India, but all examples failed. The United States and Western countries are still trying. Also, they are not sincere about Uyghur Turks.
So it is not possible for them to be successful either. What China is doing today means nothing more than rowing in vain. With the development of technology, no matter how much China tries to prevent it, the atrocities committed are definitely heard.
On the other hand, China itself is losing power. When we look at China's own figures, there is no trace of the Chinese economy, which grew enormously by 7-8% in the 1990s. China, which spends its energy on its internal people, has actually entered a period of decline, growing around 3% in recent years. And for the Chinese administration, these numbers actually do not say good things at all.
If China does not put an end to these atrocities and turn a new page, none of its future plans will work and it will have to endure the damage this process will inflict on itself.


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