The path in East Turkistan for Beijing is obvious - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

The path in East Turkistan for Beijing is obvious

Unfortunately, Eastern Turkistan is not experiencing a “Ramadan” in complacency. Every Ramadan amounts to “oppression” and “pain”. The citizens of Eastern Turkistan got tired of oppressions towards fasting civil servants and students, pressure towards breaking the fasting and many more similar implementations. Every year, as it's a routine, Beijing is entirely refusing the oppression implementations Uyghurs are exposed to, and claiming that the Uyghur community is making use of the religious freedom entitled to them by the Chinese constitution. On top of that, Beijing is expecting the world community to accept this defense they repeat every year.

According to Beijing, oppression is a fabrication of the Uyghurs. However, oppression has existed in Eastern Turkistan or the so-called autonomous region for almost 100 years. Riots, revolutions and massacres were never missing. During the “Mao period”, the oppressions, within ideological molds, steered towards the religious-national identities of the Uyghurs. Even though the bans applied by the Chinese during Ramadan seem to be “nonsense”, the situation is quite different. When the oppression is applied steadily within the frame of a certain program, it gives long-term results. As a result of interferences in a certain rhythm and toughness, the Chinese believe that the Uyghur identity will face discomfiture and lose its resistance capacity.

This year, with the justification of inhuman implementations related with the fasting ban, Turkey reacted against China. Through diplomatic channels, Turkey's rightful worries had been notified to the Beijing administration. As for the statement made by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Turkey has been asked to confirm the news in question. In other words, they are trying to say; “If there is any oppression, show me”. Maybe the pictures related with the incidents in Eastern Turkistan, which are shared on the media or social media, won't reflect 100% of the truth. However, no one (excluding the Chinese) is coming forth and saying; “These incidents didn't happen”. The only way to prevent this is by keeping the news channels open.

Since it's not possible to talk about “the freedom of press” in China, it's natural for any kind of information (false, missing or exaggerated) about the happenings in Eastern Turkistan to spread around. Some images, which can't even be accepted by minds, are even being edited by the institutions of the target country in the same images. Because these type of “trap images”, which are easy to be invalidated or refuted, are providing practical benefits for the accused country. These images, which are constantly repeated but invalidated, are negatively affecting the sensitivities of the public. Thus, it's necessary to be cautious against news that can cause indignation. Wherever the reality is hidden, rumors will take the place of the reality. At this point, we have the right to complain; however, the Chinese administration has no such right.

If China is asking Turkey to confirm their claims; then the duty is apparent. Recently, as it happened in the “Autonomous Republic of Crimea”, a non-official committee or an official committee, which will be formed in TBMM, can go to Eastern Turkistan to make observations. Thus, we will have the chance to reveal the truth in Eastern Turkistan. After the invasion of Crimea by Russia, the condition of the Tatars was an issue of concern. Thereupon, an academician committee, which was formed of six people and led by Prof. Zafer Üskül, went to Crimea, upon the approval of Russia, and performed research. The committee reflected their observations and hell didn't break lose. Maybe China will do the same as Russia, and allow an independent committee to visit Eastern Turkistan. If they do, they will show that they are not scared of the truth and take care of it rightfully.


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