China Uses Coronavirus Crackdown to Keep Food, Medicine from Uyghur Muslims by JOHN HAYWARD for Breitbart
Uyghur activists say the situation their oppressed people face in China’s Xinjiang province is even worse than previously believed, with hunger sweeping the area and medicine shortages caused by the coronavirus lockdown.
The Hong Kong Free Press wrote on Thursday that the infamous viral video of a Uyghur man pleading for help — or, failing that, begging for death — because his family is starving was only the tip of the iceberg:
Draconian measures by China to curb the coronavirus have caused widespread hunger in the tightly controlled Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, ethnic Uighur activists charged Wednesday.
The Uighur Human Rights Project (UHRP), a Washington-based advocacy group, also voiced concern that the COVID-19 could spread in internationally condemned camps where more than one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims are incarcerated.
The group said that China imposed a quarantine with little advance notice in parts of Xinjiang in late January after at least two COVID-19 cases in the regional capital Urumqi.
Citing videos, photos and residents’ conversations with members of the Uighur diaspora, the group said that “many” people have gone short on food, medicine or other critical supplies as they have been ordered to stay inside their homes.
The UHRP released a video documenting their findings, testifying that everything depicted in the briefing is accurate and the evidence was smuggled out of Xinjiang at great risk to all involved:
The plight of Xinjiang residents is said to be especially grim because the lockdown was imposed swiftly and without warning, leaving them no time to stockpile food and supplies.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Wednesday reported that Uyghurs who disobey Xinjiang’s harsh quarantine protocols risk getting sent to the huge concentration camps Beijing established to “re-educate” them — camps that are viewed as a massive risk for coronavirus incubation by nervous world health officials.