Look who's behind the riots in China…

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“Those Muslims killed so many of our people!”

Rebiya Kadeer Uighur leader 
The News&Observer – 

WASHINGTON — Not long ago, Rebiya Kadeer was considered a symbol of success in modern China: a woman, a Muslim and a millionaire entrepreneur who also held a prestigious post with the Communist government.

Now she is an exile living in the suburbs of Virginia, accused of fomenting riots and rebellion half a world away that have left 156 people dead.

“While I was in China, I tried to work within the system to seek freedom for the Uighur people,” Kadeer said through an interpreter. “I did my best, but I failed.

Kadeer called the news conference at the National Press Club to formally refute accusations by the Chinese government that she orchestrated riots between ethnic Uighurs, a Muslim minority group in China of which she is a member, and ethnic Han Chinese.Evidence against her, according to state media, included a police recording of a call she allegedly made in which she said “Something will happen in Urumqi,” a city in the Xinjiang province of China in which many Uighurs live.

Kadeer explained at the news conference that she learned from Web sites of protests planned by Uighurs, and she called her brother to urge him and other family members to stay away. Kadeer said her family is frequently singled out for persecution – two sons remain imprisoned – and she feared for her family’s safety if they were caught up in the protest.

Kadeer is now president of the World Uyghur Congress and Uyghur American Association. She spent six years in a Chinese prison before being released and beginning life in the U.S. in 2005 as an exile. She was granted political asylum and now lives in Fairfax, Va., just outside the nation’s capital, according to court documents.>>>

Rebiya Kadeer World Uighur leader in America 



China’s government has blamed Uighur exiles for stoking the recent unrest, singling out Kadeer for “masterminding” the riots – claims she rejected as “completely false”.

While she admitted that some Uighurs had been carried out attacks during Sunday’s unrest, she said the violence was a symptom of Uighur frustration and resentment at China’s repressive policies.

Her group, she said, has repeatedly called for only peaceful protests and urged all sides to exercise restraint.

As protests continue in Xinjiang and police arrest hundreds after the riots, Kadeer called for an international investigation into the unrest.

“We hope that the United Nations, the United States and the European Union will send teams to investigate what really took place in Xinjiang,” she said.

“We hope the White House will issue a stronger statement urging the Chinese government to show restraint, and also to tell the truth of the nature of the events and what happened, and to tell the Chinese government to redress Uighur grievances.”


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Police have evidence of World Uyghur Congress masterminding Xinjiang riot  

URUMQI, July 6 (Xinhua) — Police in northwest China’s Xinjiang region said Monday they have evidence that the separatist World Uyghur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer masterminded the Sunday riot that left 140 people dead.

An unidentified spokesman of the Xinjiang regional department of public security said some people used “a number of telephones outside the country” to direct mobs in Xinjiang to stage the violence.

Police have obtained recordings of calls between overseas Eastern Turkestan groups and their accomplices in the country, the officer said. 

Chinese Uighur terrorists 

In the recorded calls, Rebiya Kadeer said, “Something will happen in Urumqi.” She also called her younger brother in Urumqi, saying, “We know a lot of things have happened,” referring to the June 26 brawl involving workers from Xinjiang in a toy factory in Guangdong Province.

The spokesman said some people started posting calls on Internet forums for demonstrations in Urumqi Saturday evening, in support of protests to be held by overseas separatists.

Within hours after the violence broke out Sunday, Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, said all Uygurs were ordered off the streets and armed soldiers seized every Uygur if seen in the streets. The spokesman of Xinjiang police said Dilxat Raxit’s remarks were lies that could be easily exposed by people who suffered from the violence.

The World Uyghur Congress also used the factory brawl between Uygur and Han ethnic workers, in which two Uygurs died, to create chaos.


After Deadly Riots, Ethnic Tensions Heat Up in Urümqi

Thousands of Han residents armed with clubs poured onto the streets of Urümqi Tuesday afternoon, raising the risk of further racial violence in this western Chinese city. Just two days ago, the Xinjiang capital was thrown into chaos when protests by more than 1,000 members of the Uighur minority turned into a riot. Sunday’s events left 156 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, the deadliest outburst of public violence in China since People’s Liberation Army soldiers killed several hundred people during the 1989 crackdown on demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The club-wielding Han groups said they were responding to the threat of further Uighur violence. Sunday’s outburst targeted Han Chinese who make up 75% of Urümqi’s population.

Earlier in the day, the Chinese government efforts at media management backfired dramatically, as a large group of women besieged an official tour of visiting journalists to protest the arrests of their husbands, sons and brothers. Six buses full of foreign and Chinese reporters were taken to a neighborhood southeast of Urümqi’s Grand Bazaar to see an auto dealership that was burned by rioters Sunday. (See pictures of the March 2008 riots in Tibet.)

As reporters interviewed residents of the area, a Uighur woman with two children stumbled past sobbing. The woman said she was bereft over the disappearance of her husband. Soon after, a dozen Uighur women emerged from a market, marching down a four-lane road and chanting slogans. The journalists and cameras followed, and soon the protesters — mostly women and children but some men as well — swelled to about 300 as Foreign Ministry minders stood aside, watching helplessly.

Several women said their family members had been detained in mass police arrests the previous day. “Free my husband! Free my husband!” a group of head-scarf-clad women cried. “He has heart disease,” one woman said of her arrested husband. “He didn’t go out yesterday or the day before, but still they took him.” The women estimated that thousands of men had been arrested. They dumped out plastic bags that held more than 100 pairs of footwear and trousers, which they say police forced the detainees to take off when they were arrested. Urümqi Party Secretary Li Zhi had said earlier at a press conference that more than 1,000 people had been arrested, but that they were all taken while actively rioting.

As the women continued their protest in the road, they were met by several hundred military police carrying riot shields and truncheons. The police stood alongside four armored personnel carriers and attempted to push the demonstrators back. The protesters retreated then advanced on the military police, who eventually retreated about 100 yards as a group of black-clad riot police advanced from the other direction. After about an hour the protest faded down back alleys and Foreign Ministry officials pushed reporters back on buses. “It is hard for you to understand what it is like to be a Uighur,” said a 25-year-old Uighur man named Musa, watching the women protest. “Uighur people can’t get jobs.”

The outburst punctured a tightly orchestrated effort to show the media the extent of the destruction wrought by the city’s small Uighur community on Sunday. Reporters were given a CD that showed several minutes of footage of the mostly Uighur rioters attacking civilians and destroying property. Unlike the official response to the deadly unrest in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa last year, when the region was closed to outsiders for several months, journalists in Urümqi were given relatively free rein.

Before the women’s march, the Xinjiang capital had been eerily quiet in the wake of Sunday’s riots. Large groups of military police were stationed at key intersections on Monday, and only police vehicles, some of them with smashed windows, moved on the streets. Riot police stood outside the Hoi Tak Hotel as buses full of Hong Kong tourists were loaded in, their visit cut short by the unrest. (See pictures of Hong Kong.)

Sunday’s Urümqi riot was triggered by unrest in the southern coastal province of Guangdong, where a disgruntled former factory worker started a rumor that a group of Uighur workers had raped two Han women. That touched off a riot on June 26 that left two Uighur workers dead. Police later arrested the man who started the rumor. This week’s protest began as a peaceful demonstration by a group of about 1,000 Uighurs angered by the Guangdong riot. Witnesses said they shouted slogans in Uighur and Mandarin denouncing discrimination. (See TIME’s China Covers.)

The Chinese government says the Xinjiang demonstrations and ensuing violence were provoked by Rebiya Kadeer, a Uighur activist and businesswoman who lives in exile in the U.S., and the World Uyghur Congress, the Munich-based exile group she heads. Kadeer was imprisoned for nearly six years in China on a national security-related conviction, a charge she says was politically motivated. The WUC denied this week that it had any role in the violence, and says that security forces used heavy-handed methods to confront demonstrators who were attempting to peacefully protest for equal rights under the law.

On Tuesday afternoon, hotel staff were seen taping up windows and businesses were locking their employees inside in fear of further violence. A 38-year-old Han man surnamed Fu who has lived in Xinjiang all his life said he was accustomed to the discord. “We’re used to it already,” he said, then pointed to a scar on his arm he says was the result of a fight with a Uighur man. “They’re uncivilized.”

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One thought on “Look who's behind the riots in China…”

  1. I hadn’t heard about the evidence the police had obtained. That is key in this debate, and it’s been largely covered up. Naturally Kadeer would want the Chinese government to come under scrutiny from the international community, but her defense regarding the riots is weak in the face of evidence.
    I think another piece of evidence is the video footage, which seems mostly to be of protesters flipping cars and generally wreaking havoc. Some of that can be seen at http://www.newsy.com/videos/china_riots_two_very_different_stories. Evidence, not statements, are what we need to get to the bottom of this.

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