Monday, 24 November 2014

How chinese muslim minority victim in China

Chinese minority Muslim people skipped from China to Save their life .
Channel 4 reporter  found chinese muslim people are being skipped form china toward turkeys for saving their life  .Here is this report  and video .   
Until a secret raid on a moonless night in March, Major-General Thatchai Pitaneelaboot thought he was getting a grip on the problem. After the incident, he had to think again.

The 46-year old police commander was handed one of the toughest jobs in Thai policing last year  when he was made top immigration cop in southern part of the country. The region is nothing less than a jungle-covered transit lounge, frequented by brokers, smugglers, human traffickers, shadowy boatmen and the like.

What’s more, the Major-General is under pressure. Earlier this year, Thailand was downgraded in a high profile US State Department report on human trafficking. It now occupies lowest rung, otherwise known as “tier 3″, alongside North Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The burden of fixing up this mess, caused in part by corrupt and incompetent policing, has fallen on the shoulders of the US-educated immigration chief.

After vowing to shut down the criminal syndicates operating in the region, Thatchai raided a series of traffickers’ camps, extracting 900-odd Rohingya smuggled from neighbouring Burma. He has even managed to make some arrests, including two local “king-pins”.

Almost 300 people sat on a mountain – in silence
However, after a three hour hike on that pitch black night in March, the Major-General was forced to re-evaluate the scale of his assignment. The police commander and a small group of colleagues found 290 men, women and children, sitting on the top of a mountain - and not a single person said a word.

The police chief told me, “I was really surprised by what we saw. We have never seen this group of people.”

“Were you were expecting to find Rohingya up there?” I asked.

“Yes there are many Rohingya camps in the south, we raid them many times. But (this group) didn’t speak to me at all. We ddidn't kknow howto communicate with them. I tried to speak to them in English but they didn't speak to me.”

What the Major-General had discovered was an entirely new branch of the people-smuggling business - an entirely new “product-range” to use his phrase, although he had no idea who they were. They did not look much like the migrants and the refugees who typically transit through the area.

“They are totally different from the Rohingya,” he said. “They are so quiet, reading books and doing exercise. Maybe they are middle-class.” Thatchai was impressed by their discipline and sense of community. “They stick together, they have a leader – even if you separate them, they still have a leader.”

Later, the designated head of this mysterious group offered an explanation. He said they were Turkish and were trying “to go to Turkey”. However, he was not prepared to talk about where they had come from. After a series of checks back at headquarters, Thai police began to suspect they were Uighurs (pronounced Wee-gars), a Muslim group from restive plains of western China.

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
Uighurs hail from a part of China called the ‘Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region’. However, the name is something of misnomer.

Xinjiang is not autonomous from Chinese government control. Instead, cities like Kashgar are littered with police and military checks points and the people who live there face a range of draconian restrictions. Children are prevented from entering mosques – and students and civil servants have been prevented from fasting during Ramadan.

“My son learned the Arabic alphabet on his own on an iPad app,” said one middle-aged father told us.  ”Now I am afraid to take him to kindergarten in case the authorities accuse me of teaching him about Islam.”

“The troops are here to keep us safe,” said another Uighur, sarcastically.

Human rights groups accuse the Chinese government of pervasive ethnic and religious discrimination.

Wave of terrorist attacks
The Chinese authorities see things differently. Restrictions on religious practices in Xinjiang are required say officials, to ensure that one faith is not favoured over another and the security crackdown is a necessary response they say, to a wave of terrorist attacks nationwide.

It has been a very violent year in China. Uighur separatists have been blamed for a number of frenzied knife attacks at railway stations, a deadly assault in the capital Beijing and a twin-car suicide bombing at a vegetable market in city of Urumqi in Xinjiang.

Well over 100 people have died in the attacks and throughout China, Uighurs are now viewed with fear and suspicion.
Source :Channel  4 

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