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A Monstrous Political Re-education and Reorientation Program in Xinjiang

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on May 31, 2018 17:31

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China repeats the past brutality with its cruel ideological and cultural cleansing implemented on the Uyghur people.

For harboring a religious belief and distinct cultural identity, China detained Uyghur minorities. The charge: political incorrectness. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, a restive north-western Chinese province, is subjected to strict state surveillance. The government has suppressed and limited people’s movement, repressing the Uyghurs.

The ruling Communist Party has equated dissent to “terrorism,” opposition to the party “political incorrectness,” and Islamic faith "a dangerously addictive drug," echoing a famous Karl Marx quote that religion is “the opium of the people.”.

Faith, dissent, and freedom are a disease of Xinjiang that the Uyghurs should be cured through a systematic and methodical re-orientation program.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee’s Publicity Department has implemented a massive “transformation through education” campaign, imposing “Marxism and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.”

Over a million Uyghur freedom-loving Muslims are held in camps and detention centers across the region to achieve the party’s objective of “ethnic unity.” It is a unity with a subtext being the Uyghurs submit to the rule and control of the Han Chinese dominated party.

Detainees are subjected to mass indoctrination that involves memorization and recitation of Xi Jinping Thought, a study of the Chinese language and law, warning on the dangers Islam posed, and ‘self-criticism’. The last item is a tricky one, which entails renunciation of a long-held religious belief to embrace the Party’s doctrines.

Those who had been in the camps reported of brainwashing, aggressive interrogation, humiliation, extreme punishment, and torture which includes water-boarding and getting strapped in metal contraptions.

It happened in the Cultural Revolution as the Communist Party initiated a mass indoctrination, using every means possible to foist the Marxist-Maoist ideology. Mao Zedong’s revolution ruined the lives of millions, sending China into a catastrophic decade of chaos, stagnation, bloodshed, and hunger.

The Uyghurs had persisted continuous repression since Mao annexed and incorporated Xinjiang into the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

This imposition of party ideology on a people who have their own cultural identity, religion, and political orientation is a gross violation of human rights. Wiping off a long-held belief and tradition to quell dissent and curtail freedom destroys the people’s dignity and sense of self.

Indoctrinating and reorienting a belief system to achieve uniformity has been a failed project. It usually ended in mass incarceration and mass murder. China’s history is the witness.

Xi Jinping’s cruel political re-education and reorientation program can never be valuable for Xinjiang, a multi-ethnic region bound by the Islamic tradition. No state can completely erase the faith and culture of a people. There remain pockets of resistance and dissenting voices, and in the long run, China cannot retain its hold on a people determined to assert their aspiration to be an independent nation.

Kelvene Requiroso

Posted on May 31, 2018 17:31

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