Kazakh National Hospitalised in Urumqi Riot

Tonight traffic at this blog has gone way above average with a significant number of clicks going to one of our old posts about Kazahstan. I am not too sure whether this is in relation to a news report from Radio Free Europe.  According to the report, a Kazahk national had been seriously injured in the Urumqi Riot.

Xinjiang authorities had previously said there were no foreign nationals among the wounded. However, according to this report it doesn’t seem to be the case:

A Kazakh national is among those seriously wounded in Urumchi unrest during the past week, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reports.

According to Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov, the Kazakh man was hospitalized with a head injury and his condition is serious but stable.

So far I cannot find any news release from Xinhua about this incident.

As pointed out by our regular commenter JR, Urumqi is under curfew again tonight.  This BBC report has more details.

Earlier Chinese authorities have ordered all foreign journalist to leave Kashgar.  Please refer to this AFP report for more details.

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23 Responses to Kazakh National Hospitalised in Urumqi Riot

  1. anonymous says:

    This one individual was probably too “Chinese looking” (rare but not completely impossible to find) and attacked by the Uighur, just like the Hui.

  2. anonymous says:

    I can see Ned Kelly and Catherine lack the collective humanity to post this, so I will:

    By Karmia Chan Cao

    The following is the text of a letter sent to the Global Times Wednesday by Urumqi native Karmia Chan Cao, who lost four relatives in the violence in the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region on July 5.

    I am a junior at Stanford University, born and raised in Urumqi as a Han Chinese, currently residing in Beijing. On July 5, rioting Uygurs near Erdaoqiao Market murdered four members of my extended family. Two of my childhood friends were gang-raped in the shops they ran on Tuanjie Road.

    My baby cousin was thrown from a fifth-floor window by two men. They also stabbed her mother, who is now clinging to life in the ICU of Urumqi Women and Children’s Hospital. It is these victims I am writing for, against those who are attempting to wring crude anti-Communist or anti-Chinese political sentiments out of the situation.

    This was a massacre, not the “peaceful demonstration” the World Uyghur Congress claims it to be. It was a brutal act of ethnic cleansing prompted by Uygur Islamic fundamentalists against Han civilians.

    The situation involved four distinct and independent groups: the Uygur extremists, the vast majority of ordinary Uygurs who had no part in the riots; the Han civilians and the government. The government stepped in and locked down the city early Monday morning in order to prevent more Uygurs or Hans from getting into Urumqi and further escalating the violence between the two groups. The communications system is down for the same national and regional-security reasons, not as a shameless show of power.

    If these same perpetrators were “demonstrating” with indiscriminate slaughter in the UK or the United States, this event would be called what it was: a terrorist attack. The scores of witnesses I have spoken to saw neither banners nor peaceful protesters.

    “There were thousands of Uygurs waving knives. They suddenly began screaming and gushing into the Big Bazaar region down Erdaoqiao Road, and down two other streets that lead there, attacking every passing Han who couldn’t hide in time,” said Meng Yuanli, a retired factory worker who was biking home from the farmers’ market.

    “They were mostly teenagers; some of their voices were still cracking from puberty as they screamed. I couldn’t run away in time and one young man kicked me off my bicycle and hit my face three times with a brick,” Meng said, adding that his 82-year-old mother was beaten into a coma while taking out trash.

    Ms. Hai, an Inner Mongolian, said, “They beat people first, then those who followed looted, then another group torched cars. My child and I were hiding under the bed behind our shop counter when they kicked open the door, took all the drinks and cigarettes and, finding us, chopped off my right hand and smashed one of the bottles over my daughter’s head. We couldn’t even make it to the hospital for fear of being killed.”

    Her neighbor, Liu, was permanently blinded in the attack, and her shop burnt down.

    “I lost eight years of hard work,” she cried, “Everything I own is gone and they also took my sight. They were yelling ‘Kill all Han!’ I don’t know what I ever did to them.”

    Neither did my 16-year-old friend, attacked on the 901 bus after taking her final exams.

    Her father, surnamed Zhou, called us, weeping, for her face was so severely slashed that she will be disfigured for the rest of her life. “Four layers of transplanted skin with ten stitches on each layer couldn’t hold my little girl together,” he said.

    Few of the journalists churning out articles for major media outlets are informed about the background to the violence. Western media is used to producing stories about government oppression and minority victims in China.

    Ignorant of the social zeitgeist and cultural history of the region, and with an atmosphere of both anti-Muslim and anti-Chinese sentiment in the West, reporters, such as the New York Times’ Edward Wong, have chosen to make the easy attack on the Chinese government yet again. They turn to easy quotes from the “Japanese Uygur Organization” and similar groups, rather than speaking directly with victims to find the truth. This was not a political protest, but mass violence fueled by fundamentalism and stemming from ethnic discrimination against the Han.

    But these perpetrators do not by any means represent all Uygurs. Most of the original rioters were teenagers, child victims chosen as easily malleable tools by underground fundamentalist groups based in Turpan.

    Mr. Meng hid in his Uygur friend’s home, two blocks from the site of the attack. “Uti Kuar kept apologizing, hour after hour, as we watched the atrocities from his window. They received text messages from their other Uygur friends not to go out into the street after dinner. But Uti had no idea this was in store or he would have warned us.

    Uygurs are not all in this. It’s just the extremists. I wish the government could act now before this becomes a full racial war. I would lose my friend for good.”

    As I write, on the evening of July 7, his fear is becoming a reality. Thousands of Han victims have now banded together and are re-entering the streets, red-eyed from loss. If the government does not bring about a “crackdown” on all violent parties, there will be bloodshed in Xinjiang for as long as the memories of this horror remain.

    If this act was not terrorism, I don’t know what was. I ask, on behalf of all the Han and Uygur people ignored by the West, that the world look closer at the truth of Xinjiang.

    ===

    If you think this is just “Communist Propaganda” ™ you can go ahead and ask Karmia herself, she’s on Facebook.

  3. C.A. Yeung says:

    Ferin,

    Unlike you, I don’t use reports in tabloid to prove my point, particularly one that’s run by CCP to promote ultra nationalism (Han chauvanism).

    For your information, the English version of the Beijing based Global Times has published an article today asking the world to condemn Turkey as “another axis of evil”. I am wondering whether the author has taken an advice from his colleague, the American editor of Global Times, before he could come up with such a wonder spin. I’m sure this will gain China its much needed sympathy from the neo-con.

  4. anonymous says:

    Unlike you, I don’t use reports in tabloid to prove my point, particularly one that’s run by CCP to promote ultra nationalism (Han chauvanism).

    Han chauvinism, LOL.

    Doesn’t even exist as a political force.

    condemn Turkey as “another axis of evil”

    Armenian Genocide, anyone?

  5. C.A. Yeung says:

    Ferin,

    According to MAJ’s hero CCP apologist Berry Sautman, Han chauvinism is a major component of racial nationalism, which has been deliberately nurtured by CCP, as a replacement of outdated Marxist doctrine.

    I know more than you about how unpopular Turkey is among the Greeks, the Romanians and the Armenians. One of my best friends is Armenian. However, your mentioning of the Armenian Genocide is unrelated to Global Times’ claim and therefore cannot be used as evidence to prove that Global Times is not a TABLOID.

    So I’ll repeat what I said again earlier: GLOBAL TIMES IS A TABLOID RUN BY CCP TO PROMOTE HAN CHAUVINISM AND ULTRA NATIONALISM. Only people like Ferin who can’t justify his argument will resort to GLOBAL TIMES to make his point.

  6. Ned Kelly says:

    If Turkey is part of the “Axis of Evil”, then by extension so is the rest of NATO, in other words almost all of China’s major trading partners.

    But they’ll always have North Korea.

  7. justrecently says:

    You are all missing an important point: Kazakhstan belongs to Xinjiang and was, is, and will always be Chinese. An author named Chen Dajun:
    “After Russia had occupied the Kazakh steppe and the small emirates of central Asia, St Petersburg also took vast areas along the Chinese western border. A territory of 30,000 square kilometres, east and south of the Balkash Sea which once belonged to China, were occupied by czarist Russia.”
    Quoted by Peter Scholl-Latour, who adds that “the area described by Chen Dajun corresponds to the heartland of today’s Kazakh Republic, including its former capital Almaty.”
    Peter Scholl-Latour: Kampf dem Terror – Kampf dem Islam?, Berlin, 2004, Munich 2002.

    Foreign national, sheesh. Storm in a teacup. These are China’s internal affairs.

  8. Ned Kelly says:

    The idea of China actually WANTING the vast wasteland of Kazakhstan reminds me of a scene from the movie, “Gallipoli”. The relevant scene begins at 7:30

  9. anonymous says:

    Kazakhstan is quite nice actually.

    GLOBAL TIMES IS A TABLOID RUN BY CCP TO PROMOTE HAN CHAUVINISM AND ULTRA NATIONALISM.

    Promote Han chauvinism, lol. Call me when the Han Chinese act like white Russians and actually start killing white people in the streets of China.

    I’m of the opinion that Tibet, and Manchuria, and Inner Mongolia should eventually be given autonomy or independence which would get me shot by “Han chauvinists” if hardcore “Han chauvinists” actually existed.

    What I am OPPOSED to, is the element of neo-Nazism that makes clueless Westerners the world over fawn over Turkic Islamic Fundamentalists. You show them one picture of a blonde Uighur girl and suddenly the rassenkrieg is on again. What I am also opposed to is this pseudo-Aryanist element of Central Asian “Turkic” nationalism that marginalizes (to say the least) peoples such as the Hazara (who have a make-up very similar to Uighur as I’m sure you know). Read some Turkish nationalist writings. I am also against Nordicism and revisionism, elements of which are finding its way into “Turkic” nationalism.

  10. anonymous says:

    Well in the case of the Hazara it’s Iranic peoples trying to kill them, but generally many people in Central Asia think anyone with Caucasoid blood is racially superior.

  11. anonymous says:

    Lastly, are you joking when you say the CCP is using that piece to fan “Han chauvinism” when 90% of Chinese can’t even read the article?

    Again, it matches the author’s writing style (she’s a writer) so it’s possible that she is either some kind of CCP agent (makes me sick to say it considering it’s possible she is in a lot of pain now) but it’s definitely in English.

    I think you are crazy if you think a LETTER will fan Han Nationalism and racially and religiously motivated mass murder against Han and Hui will not.

    You are infantilizing them, Catherine. Murderous race riots and conflicts like that naturally inspire resentment and mutual hatred. To imply that the Han Chinese are a bunch of stupid children who wait for the government mouthpiece to tell them what to do before they form their own opinions is degrading, and outright contested by the fact that many revenge rioters were (thankfully) stopped from attacking the vast majority of innocent Uighur who had nothing to do with the initial killings.

    If you try to change this into some story of racial and religious oppression then I think you’re forgetting that the CCP’s primary victims are the Han Chinese themselves. Resentment could come from favoritism or perceived favoritism towards minorities, the one child policy (which caused so much pain during the Sichuan Earthquake), police siding with minorities, tax-exemptions and subsidies, etc.

    Nor does it help to solve the issue of perceived racial and religious grievances among Tibetans and Uighurs from the Han Chinese (when it is in actuality standard Communist authoritarian oppression). Taking a more complete view of things reveals (quite obviously) that the CCP is not some kind of Han-ruled dynasty as much as some of them may try to pretend.

    The two parties (Han Chinese and Uighur) are in essence distracted from the real problem (government corruption and pollution) and pitted against each other in some kind of idiotic race war when they could instead be working together to negotiate with the government.

    But given the very racial and religious nature of modern Turkish nationalism I don’t know if there’s much hope for this particular region.

  12. anonymous says:

    correction: either a CCP agent or victim of identity theft

  13. C.A. Yeung says:

    Ferin,

    The issue here is with you quoting from unreliable sources. So please do not twist the argument to make it look as if I condone the use of violence in Xinjiang. As a matter of fact I don’t.

    The victims involved in the incident have every right to feel resentful. But as you’ve admitted, a dysfunctional government policy on racial and developmental issues is the root of these ethnic mass incident.

    What I don’t understand is: why do you insist on using Chinese government propaganda in order to substantiate your claim? The English Global Times article is written for the consumption of foreigners in order to solicit support for CCP propaganda machine’s version of the story. In doing so, the Chinese government attempts to shift the blame away from its dysfunctional policy to one of racially motivated foreign intervension.

    There are many good reports on the suffering of Han victims. For example Jane Macartney from Times Online has filed this very powerful story. In order words, there is no justification for you to insist on quoting from PRC propaganda. Except of course if you want to show that you support the CCP’s position.

  14. anonymous says:

    I simply posted it to gauge opinions here. Whether or not it’s true, we know many innocent Han Chinese were murdered in cold blood. I am trying to understand what I see as complete silence on your part, making no mention of the suffering of the vast majority of the victims, and decision to instead put a strong focus on non-Han and non-Hui casualties.

    Or is that kind of writing not palatable to various co-editors such as Ivan/Ned/Nanhe?

  15. justrecently says:

    Just an unrelated question to gauge your opinion, Ferin: how do you feel about the Jewish settlements in the West Bank? Should Israel take the territory for good?

  16. anonymous says:

    The problem with Israel is that they seem to go just on religion alone, I’m sure many of the people living in Palestine are the direct descendants of those who used to inhabit the area. They have just changed their faith.

    Typically I’d say all peoples deserve a homeland of sorts and it makes sense just to let them have whatever place they have the most history in, but there are better ways to reclaim territory under “Judaism” than by killing Muslims.

  17. justrecently says:

    Thank you for your answer, Ferin. I’m not sure though if I’m getting it right. You think there should be no Palestinian state, and the West Bank should belong to the state of Israel, because Israel has the most history in it?

  18. anonymous says:

    If I’m not mistaken, and I might be, Palestine is divided between most of its neighboring states as well. imo Israel takes too hard a line on Muslims and their religious impetus for nation is a bit warped, I’m sure the Palestinians have more of a claim to the area there than European Jews do.

    But I might be wrong.

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  20. justrecently says:

    What I’m still not sure about is, to which area are you referring, when saying that the Palestinians have more of a claim to the area? The West Bank? Israel in its 1967 borders? Or both?

  21. anonymous says:

    Than European descended Jews, specifically. I don’t really keep up with the whole Israel/Islam conflict (save its impact on the rest of the world), so I’d have to get up to date with research.

  22. Ned Kelly says:

    It’s not between Israel and “Islam”. A considerable number of Palestinians are Christians.

  23. justrecently says:

    Ferin: I can relate to the anger of the Palestinians, and I see their plight – but Israel is a state and can choose its migrants, they may be from Europe or elsewhere. Many Israelis also migrated from Arab states during the past decades. Can we fairly say that they should have stayed in Iraq or Syria?
    As much as I feel that the Palestinians have drawn the dirty end of the stick (and weren’t even asked if they wanted that lottery), even Israel accepts the need for a Palestinian state. I think many Uighurs would be very happy if they even had genuine autonomy.

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