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China destroys dozens of Uighur cemeteries in drive to 'eradicate' cultural history

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China destroys dozens of Uighur cemeteries in drive to 'eradicate' cultural history

Even in death there is no respite for the Uighurs, one of the world's most persecuted minorities, according to a new investigation that has revealed China is destroying burial grounds where generations of families have been interred.

Over the past two years, tombs have been smashed and human bones scattered in dozens of desecrated cemeteries in China’s northwest region, research by Agence France Presse and satellite imagery analysts Earthrise Alliance has revealed.

While the official explanation for the policy is urban development or the “standardisation” of old graves, overseas Uighurs say the destruction is part of the state’s concerted effort to eradicate their ethnic identity and control every aspect of their lives.

"This is all part of China's campaign to effectively eradicate any evidence of who we are, to effectively make us like the Han Chinese," said Salih Hudayar, who said the graveyard where his great-grandparents were buried was demolished.

"That's why they're destroying all of these historical sites, these cemeteries, to disconnect us from our history, from our fathers and our ancestors," he said.

An estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities have been rounded up into re-education camps in Xinjiang in the name of combatting religious extremism and separatism.

Former detainees interviewed by The Telegraph have recounted horrific torture, being forced to memorise Chinese Communist Party propaganda, and to renounce Islam.

Those who are free are intimidated by suffocating surveillance and restrictions, including bans on beards and veils.

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This is the country that the NBA defends so they can make as much money as possible on basketball now.

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Thought Communist religious persecution only involved Christians?

Doubt the purchasers of Smartphones, X-Boxes gives a rats behind.

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Donald J. Trump

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Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

 

 

 

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It's weird to see you guys go from hating muslims to being their biggest defenders when you can smear an enemy country.

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Well I don't hate Muslims, only the extremist zealots i.e. ISIS / Al Qaeda that is smearing their faith.

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