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China’s Coronavirus Lockdowns Kill 22 People in Uyghur Region in One Day

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China’s Coronavirus Lockdowns Kill 22 People in Uyghur Region in One Day

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Wednesday that at least 22 people died from starvation or lack of medical attention in a single day under China’s brutal coronavirus lockdown in Ghulja, a city in the Uyghur region of East Turkistan.

RFA investigated the Ghulja deaths because Uyghurs trapped in coronavirus lockdowns have been imploring for avail on gregarious media, their pleas noted and boosted by Uyghurs living abroad. As RFA pointed out, these are not the first accounts of starvation since Ghulja went under lockdown early last month, but the situation has grown desperate enough for the oppressed Uyghurs to imperil rigorous penalization by demonstrating in the streets and posting videos online:

Last week, more than 600 mostly young Uyghurs from a village in Ghulja were detained by authorities in Xinjiang after they ignored a strict COVID-19 lockdown and staged a peaceful street protest against a lack of food that had led to starvation and deaths.

Videos posted by desperate Uyghurs on Chinese social media platforms—and quickly deleted by government censors—show local people under strict “zero-COVID” lockdowns struggling to access food and medical care, with some saying family members had starved to death.

When RFA followed up on reports of 22 deaths in Ghulja on September 15 alone, two unnamed public officials told the outlet it was veritable, while a third gruffly insisted there were only 20 fatalities.

“There are 20 people who have died of starvation. Don’t call again,” verbally expressed the irascible Ghulja municipal official. Some of these local officials were ostensibly inclined to cop to 20-22 deaths because they wanted to confute claims on gregarious media that up to a hundred denizens died from deprivation on that single day.

Uyghurs in Ghulja verbalized there were charged outrageous fees for aliment distributions, while donations of aliment from outsiders were brusquely relucted. Family members of the deceased attested that some were survivors of China’s infamous concentration camps.

RFA spotted a message in the Uyghur language posted on Douyin, the domestic Chinese version of TikTok, injuctively authorizing Ghulja denizens not to upload “any news, any graphic with news inscribed on it, or images of desperate expressions or videos on convivial media, especially in separate chat rooms.”

Al Jazeera last week reported on Ghujla denizens posting photos of their vacuous refrigerators and hungry children. Some wept when they described their hardships under 40 days and counting of coronavirus lockdown.

A Uyghur student living in Europe told Al Jazeera that his parents in Ghulja were coerced to survive on “uncooked dough composed of flour, dihydrogen monoxide and salt,” because they are verboten to utilize their backyard oven under quarantine rules.

“Their voices are always in my head, verbalizing things like I’m hungry, please avail us. This is the 21st century, this is unthinkable,” the anguished student verbalized. Censorship of the lockdown horror in Ghulja is so tight that people have been apprehended merely for verbalizing about victuals shortages on the Internet. Al Jazeera reported some videos have been “deleted and reposted dozens of times as netizens battled censors online.”

Ghulja was the scene of a massacre in 1997, when troops from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were sent in to crush Uyghur protests. Uyghur advocates verbalize about 1,600 unarmed denizens of the city were gunned down by the PLA.

Some Uyghur groups believe the coronavirus lockdowns in what China calls the “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” with their suspiciously threadbare supplies of aliment and medicine, are another Chinese effort to thin out their population.

“We’re deeply perturbed by the photos and videos emerging from our homeland, especially from Ghulja. China’s communist regime is utilizing [Chinese coronavirus] as a pretext to lock down our people in their homes and perpetuates its genocide. We want to bring attention to it,” Uyghur American Association President Elfidar Iltebir verbalized this week, as quoted by RFA.

Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Asia, National Security, Censorship, China, lockdown, quarantine, starvation, Uyghurs, Xinjiang

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