Hollow laughter in pathetic defence of Chinese government repression

your say February 20, 2019 01:00

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Re: “Show us the evidence that China has imprisoned one million Muslims”, Have Your Say, February 18.

Yingwai Suchaovanich is laughing his pants off while, according to the BBC, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations, up to one million Uighurs are undergoing what the Chinese euphemistically call “re-education” but is actually forced indoctrination requiring them to renounce their religion, among many other violations of human rights. Yingwai Suchaovanich is laughing because, like all apologists for the Chinese government, he is incapable of compassion and prefers blind nationalistic obedience rather than individual human freedoms. He is laughing because, like the Chinese government, he is terrified of freedom of thought, free expression and especially religious belief. He is desperately trying to save face while his compatriots force their captives to give DNA and biometric samples, require them to learn Mandarin, and demand they denounce Allah. A complete surveillance state exists in Xinjiang, where, according to witnesses, those who are interned face physical and psychological torture and entire families are “disappeared”. 

Comparing General Douglas MacArthur’s dispersal in 1932 of 43,000 protesters seeking early redemption of service vouchers, which resulted in two casualties, with the over 10,000 deaths and countless injuries inflicted by rifles and tanks upon civilian protesters seeking freedom and respect for human rights in the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident is beyond absurd. Two deaths is most unfortunate, 10,000-plus is a wholesale slaughter of your own unarmed citizens, something for which the Chinese communists are renowned for performing without hesitation. 

Yingwai no doubt finds it amusing to recall the countless Tibetans who chose to burn themselves alive rather than live under communist tyranny.

A growing chorus of international criticism is condemning the massive human rights crisis in Xinjiang, yet Yingwai Suchaovanich is still laughing. I suggest interested readers visit hrw.org and read “Eradicating Ideological Viruses” for the horrific details.

I gave Yingwai the benefit of the doubt by presuming he would require payment to champion such atrocities. I hope one day he may enjoy true humour upon discovering the emperor has no clothes.

Michael Setter

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