Inside Stories of Bloody Conflict in Xinjiang

By Fang Xiao, Epoch Times
July 7, 2010 Updated: October 2, 2015
Protest in Xinjiang on July 5, 2009 (Getty Images)
Protest in Xinjiang on July 5, 2009 (Getty Images)

The clash that erupted in Xinjiang on July 5 of last year (7-5 incident) is considered by some China's worst ethnic violence in decades. The Epoch Times talked to residents in Urumqi, Kashi and Aksu over the phone a few days before the one-year anniversary, asking them for their opinion of what caused the violence in 2009.

Policy of Discrimination

People said rancor between Han and Uyghur groups has been growing due to discrimination by authorities against Uyghur citizens. One person stated that the communist regime’s policy for Uyghurs is to eradicate them.

Discontent among the Uyghur community has been growing due to accumulation of discrimination and unequal treatment by authorities of Han and Uyghur citizens. People said that authorities’ being partial to ethnic Han Chinese is increasingly causing rancor between Han and Uyghur groups.

People said they feel that the authority’s conniving attitude, and not punishing members of the Han group when they commit crimes, has resulted in accumulated animosity between the two ethnic groups and was the trigger of the 7-5 incident last year.

In Kashi, everyone knows that for two years a Han teacher has been sexually molesting Uyghur students at a local elementary school. When parents of the victimized students reported the crime to officials in Urumqi, the provincial capital, nothing was done to punish the teacher.

A Uyghur in the technology business who wished to remain anonymous said, “Uyghurs send their children to Han schools. In about two years, a Han male teacher molested almost every Uyghur third- and forth-grader in his class. Every several days, he had a student come into his office to perform oral sex for him. The children were too scared to tell their parents.

“Two years later the parents found out that something was not right and reported it. The authorities did not arrest the teacher. One of the teacher’s relatives is an official, who found a forensic doctor to diagnose the teacher with schizophrenia, and that ended the case. The parents went to the provincial capital to file a complaint, and still did not receive justice. This incident hurt the Uyghurs tremendously.

“So many unbelievable things such as this have happened in Xinjiang in past years. The authorities block the information, and not many people know about them. In the past, minority ethnic groups were still interested in learning Han culture. Now we refuse to learn Han language, and no one sends their children to Han schools.”

The person ended by saying, “The authorities may have already overheard the things I am saying right now. It can very well result in the authorities monitoring my phone conversations and Internet usage. The communist regime’s policy for the Uyghurs is to eradicate us.”