Solidarity: “Who’s lying about the Uyghurs? Socialist Action covers for repression in China”

Despite its racist crimes and the yawning inequality and exploitation in the society it rules, the Chinese state unfortunately has the support of some who consider themselves left-wing or socialist. This support is secured in part by propaganda lies denying the persecution of the Uyghur people and other minorities in Xinjiang. This week, a supporter of our campaign writes in Solidarity, newspaper of the socialist group Workers’ Liberty, to rebut and debunk one such piece of denialist propaganda:

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Ben Towse: “Neither Washington nor Beijing: The Left Must Stand With the Uighurs”

One of our activists writes in Novara Media about what the Chinese state is doing to the Uyghur people, what is motivating the atrocities, and how socialists, progressives, trade unionists and the workers’ movement can make concrete solidarity:

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BBC Newsnight: Harrowing testimony from Uyghur survivor of forced sterilisation & a bid for justice at the ICC

Zumrat Dawut shares her experience as a survivor of forced sterilisation at the hands of the Chinese state, and BBC International Editor Gabriel Gatehouse reports on efforts to hold Chinese state officials, including Xi Jinping, accountable at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for crimes against humanity. Watch and share this BBC Newsnight report:

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PROTEST: Stop the genocide & free the Uyghur people!

6pm Wednesday 5 August
Embassy of China, 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL
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Socially-distanced protest at the Chinese embassy, for the rights of the Uyghur people in East Turkestan (Xinjiang, north-west China). This is a monthly protest on the 5th – we’re back after a pause due to COVID-19.

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Catch up: Remember the Urumqi massacre. Fight for Uyghur rights & freedoms.

Our online event on 5 July, commemorating the 11th anniversary of the unrest in Urumqi and the massacre of Uyghur protesters that followed, heard eyewitness testimonies from people who were at the scene in 2009, and wide-ranging discussion about the struggle today.

For those who missed out, you can listen to the recording, or download it, from here:

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Uyghur solidarity messages from MPs John McDonnell & Kate Osamor

Labour MPs John McDonnell (former Shadow Chancellor) and Kate Osamor (former Shadow Secretary of State for International Development) recorded messages of solidarity for our online event on 5 July 2020 commemorating the Urumqi massacre. You can watch them and read the transcripts below.

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Rahima Mahmut & Ayesha Baloch: “China Continues Its Persecution of Uighur Muslims”

Rahima Mahmut, UK representative of the World Uyghur Congress, and Ayesha Baloch, Campaigns Officer for the Labour Campaign for Human Rights, write in the Fair Observer:

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BI: “This map shows a trillion-dollar reason why China is oppressing more than a million Muslims”

A useful explainer published last year in news outlet Business Insider. The Chinese state claims that its clampdown in East Turkestan is a counter-terrorism operation – in truth, it’s about keeping a firm grip on a territory that is crucial for its economic empire-building plan, the “Belt & Road Initiative”.

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WATCH: “Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic: Don’t forget the Uyghurs! With Nury Turkel, Dibyesh Anand & others”

The persecution of the Uyghur people by the Chinese state continues and has deepened in the coronavirus crisis. In place of our usual monthly protest at the Chinese embassy in London, on 5 April we gathered online to discuss the situation with a range of campaigners. We have recorded the introductions from Nury Turkel, Prof Diyesh Anand, Rahima Mahmut, David Ball and Jack Baker.

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