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secret documents reveal how Beijing orchestrated repression of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang

According to “The New York Times”, Chinese President Xi Jinping, in particular, gave the order, in 2014, to be “without any mercy” in this predominantly Muslim region.

Official Chinese documents unveiled Saturday, November 16, by The New York Times (in English), reveal the high degree of coordination by Beijing of the repression of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. According to these documents internal to the communist regime, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has given the order, since 2014, to be “without any mercy” against terrorism and separatism in this predominantly Muslim region.

At least one million Muslims, mainly ethnic Uyghurs, are being held in this vast region of northwestern China, following a crackdown on terrorism and Islamism in recent years. after the figures of experts of the UN and human rights NGOs.

The more than 400 pages of secret documents offer a very rare glimpse of the mechanisms at work in Xinjiang, in response to attacks attributed to Uighur independence activists. according to The New York Timesthis huge flight suggests that the policy followed in Xinjiang is not unanimous within the Chinese power. The documents were indeed sent by a member of the apparatus, who expressed the hope that they prevent the regime, “to escape his guilt for the widespread detentions” in this region.

The documents include among others a secret speech of Xi Jinping of 2014, in which the Chinese president calls to fight “without any mercy” against “terrorism, infiltration and separatism”, By resorting to “to the arms of the popular democratic dictatorship”. This speech was distributed from 2016 to senior local officials to justify the crackdown, with the order of “take away all those who must be”.

Beijing denies the figure of one million people in detention in political re-education camps, preferring to talk about “vocational training centers” aimed at fighting Islamist radicalization.

Among the documents cited is a “guide” aimed at answering the questions of students returning to Xinjiang and wondering about the fate of family members in detention. Officials are asked to reply that these relatives did not commit a crime but were contaminated by the “virus” of extremism and must undergo treatment “before the disease degenerates”. Students are also encouraged to keep quiet, as their behavior has an impact on the length of their relatives' detention.

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