21 July, 2024


China Spearheads Anti-Muslim Propaganda Campaign In Sri Lanka Amid Coronavirus Fears

The Chinese Embassy in Colombo to have spearheaded and funded an anti-Muslim propaganda campaign in Sri Lanka, Colombo Telegraph can reveal today.

The first phase is a documentary on China’s ongoing infamous anti-Muslim pogrom in Xinjiang against its Muslim Uyghurs. The first episode titled ‘Learning from the experience of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in successfully defeating terrorist activities in Xinjiang Province and heralding in peace to the people, is to be aired on TV Derana, which is well-known for inciting racial sentiments against Muslims, tomorrow (30 April 2020) at 10 AM.

The Colombo Telegraph is in possession of the trailer of the so-called documentary.

Openly President Gotabaya Rajapaksa supporter Chatura Alwis of Derana TV was unwittingly exposed on 31 March when several racist slurred hurled at Muslims were inadvertently aired during a break in the political talkshow – Wadapitiya.

The documentary relates to the infamous ‘Xinjiang conflict’ in which Uyghurs, a Turkic minority ethnic group who make up the largest group in China’s far-northwest autonomous region of Xinjiang have been subjected to inhuman and unethical mass surveillance, increased arrests, and a system of ‘re-education’ camps, estimated to hold nearly one million Muslims, which human rights activists call some of the largest prisons in the world.

According to cfr.org, some eight hundred thousand to two million Uighurs and other Muslims, including ethnic Kazakhs and Uzbeks, have been detained since April 2017. Hundreds of camps are located in Xinjiang. Officially known as the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, the northwestern province has been claimed by China since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) took power in 1949. Some Uighurs living there refer to the region as East Turkestan and argue that it ought to be independent from China. Xinjiang takes up one-sixth of China’s landmass and borders eight countries, including Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Chinese officials claim that Uighurs hold extremist and separatist ideas, and they view the camps as a way of eliminating threats to China’s territorial integrity, government, and population.
President Xi Jinping who is close ally of the Rajapaksa regime, warned of the “toxicity of religious extremism” and advocated for using the tools of “dictatorship” to eliminate Islamist extremism in a series of secret speeches while visiting Xinjiang in 2014. In the speeches, revealed by the New York Times in November 2019, Xi did not explicitly call for arbitrary detention but laid the groundwork for the crackdown in Xinjiang.

Though the conflict is traced to 1931, factors such as the massive state-sponsored migration of ethnic Han Chinese from the 1950s to the 1970s, government policies promoting Communist ideals, Chinese cultural unity and punishing certain expressions of Uyghur identity, and harsh responses to separatist terrorism have contributed to tension between Uyghurs, on one hand and the Chinese Police and Han Chinese on the other.

This has taken the form of both frequent terrorist attacks and wider public unrest such as the 1997 Ürümqi bus bombings, June 2009 Shaoguan Incident, the resulting July 2009 Ürümqi riots, 2011 Hotan attack, April 2014 Ürümqi attack, May 2014 Ürümqi attack, and 2014 Kunming attack.

Numerous moderates have pointed out again and again that highhanded and openly undemocratic policies including rabidly racist and chauvinist approaches against the Muslim community by the Rajapaksa regime are marring the effective containment of the Covid 19 pandemic.

On 14 April, Independent Professionals Alliance’ raised serious concerns over the Rajapaksa regime conducting racial profiling of suspected and confirmed patients in order to portray a correlation between Covid-19 and the Muslim community, in stark contrast to medical best practices and ethics practiced in most countries.

This comes high in the heels of many complaints from all over Sri Lanka by Muslims that they were subject to harassment and degrading treatment by authorities such as Police officers, Public Health Inspectors (PHIs), Grama Niladaris (GNs) and other public officials openly stating that “they cannot trust Muslims…” and “…Muslims are the root cause for the spread of the corona virus,” and “Kalutara, Maradana and Beruwala are examples of ‘Muslims’ spreading the virus” etc…

On the Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s day, the government gazetted regulations forcing the immediate cremation of Covid-19 fatalities and those who are “suspected to have died” of Covid-19 which is openly seen as a ‘major assault’ on the Muslim community.

The statement also lamented that almost “all electronic media institutions except the MTV/Sirasa network are engaged in propaganda to promote the President, military and ideology of nationalism” since the public have become a captive audience of the media channels due to the curfew. (By Rashmika Ranasinghe)

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    Xinjiang Documentry aired on our local chanels
    The importance of clearing few misconceptions of the chinese documentry that was suposedly aired by eyechanell as informed by a naighbour who had watched it.
    It was shocking to hear from someone not much of a favourite of chinese culture or economics do a u-turn after watching the documentry with heart filled full of sympathies to the very camp he has always been a die hard critic, well that is how easy to programm us humans when we are filled with prejudises ,as he kept on insisting how connected the Chinese province separtists are with our own local home grown Zaharan and group are and insisted their ideolgy of a free tickect to heaven of Bin laden was the reason behind their atrocities I had to shutup and needed to write to an audience who can grasp and not biased.
    well all those who have read history know very well most probably Bin laden’s father was not even born when the separtism began , but I know ,Al qaeda played a larger role in training and supplying arms to them in recent times and those educated about what is trully going on knows well , that Mainly , groups like Alqeda, boku haram and Isil are not proxies of Muhammed or representatives of Islam , God bless The Cardinal whom God has enlighten about the entire operations of world terorr.
    The present day

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    Xinjiang cont..
    BC 1800 this region was inhabited by a race of indo Eurpoean tribe , todate you can find their bodies mumified like the egypitans ,these are known as Tarim mumies.
    There have been many intrusions to this land by various tribes until
    establishing of
    Xiongnu empire and then the involvement of Wuhuan tribes, the unifying of the Manchurians , its a very , very complexed history.
    one must not forget Chinese were always an advanced civilization like Egyptians.

    Cont 3

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      Xinjiang 3
      in mid 1600 the Qing dynasty invaded and established its empire untill 1900 and then the Ming dynasty followed ending with the communist rule and making it an autounomous region of Mainland China , like many other Provinces.
      Why The Hui Chinese have almost zero issues with China is they are ethnically chinese and also spread all over China and tradtionally they sre chinese in everyway except in keeping the commamdments of Islam, like worship.of pure monothiesm , keeping strict halal in dietry etc
      but with Xinjiang, the situation is very complexed the inhabitants are mainly A mix of Mogul , Iranian , Arab mix come to known as Turks who are a mix of Euro asians . o e of the reasons you find among Turks some who also look eastern and europeans .
      Their langauge is Turkic , culture is central Asian , major part of their genes ate made up of The Great Genzis Khan’s dna , they were always worriors who were tye only warriors who lived , had their food nourishments and died on their horses saddles , they would always draw some blood from their horses for nourishment before the fight .
      so its not Islam that made many who adopted Islam to become wariors , they were already warriors well trained for 100’s of years .

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