ouiouiwewe Posted July 12, 2009 Share Posted July 12, 2009 With all this strife going on in the world on a regular basis, the riots that are taking place in Xinjiang is not something I'd normally consider interesting. However, since I generally read 8/10 yahoo top stories per 12 hours, I have read about 6-7 articles about it in total, over the past few days. For pretty much all of them, the story follows the same idea: - Report of unrest - Casulties - Countries barking about human rights - Locals telling their stories However, one thing that catches my eye in this topic is that while there are numerous reports (based on both Chinese and Western sources) on the brutality of the Uigur attacks, such as burning down stores, slaughtering other ethnic people, and causing fear, (as well as the Han ethnic group's retaliation) while a lot of articles expressed/cited condemnations on how the Chinese government is cracking down on this ethnic group and committing genocide. I tried googling for sources that support this claim, but there doesn't seem to be any other than some exiled Uigur leader's (in the U.S.) claim that the casulties on the Uigur side was exaggerated. While I generally place a great deal of doubt on information released by the PRC's media (namely Xinhua), one thing I do find interesting is that very few (if any) Western journalists dwelled on the ethnic cleansing committed by the Uigur side. In fact, some articles even claimed that the Uigurs and Tibetans (from 2008) were simply protesting peacefully despite evidence on the contrary. Then some others accused China of cultural genocide when the melting pot ideology is the foundation of the United States's culture. Anyway, this is a big question mark I have for this news topic. Either I have missed something or there is a lack of objectivity in the Western media when it comes to China. What's your opinion on this? P.S. This article contains an interesting citation of some director of Democracy and Human Rights at the Foreign Policy Institute . Notice the term "peaceful protests": http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/19420/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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