ARE Not :"Terrorism" But
"Fight Against Oppression!"
Chinese News Agency issued a press release on December 21st,
2001, titled "The Eastern Turkistan terrorists will not
concentrates on three main issues: "History of the
Eastern Turkistan problem", "Terrorist crime committed by
Turkistan terrorist groups" and "Links between the Eastern
terrorist organizations and the global terrorism". The
outlines that "so-called Eastern Turkistan terrorist groups
acts of grave crime over the last ten years".
The press release eventually accuses the Eastern Turkistan
organizations of having close ties with Osama Bin Laden and
international terrorist network.
representatives of the Eastern Turkistanis in exile and the
members of all Eastern Turkistan human rights groups,
all Chinese accusations made in the above-mentioned report.
We view such statements made in the Chinese media as a
attempt to portray Uyghurs and their liberation movement
terrorist groups in the eyes of the world community.
Chinese News Agency outlined in its report that "there is
no historical ground whatsoever for [calling this region]
Turkistan. The foreign invaders used this term in the 19th
in an attempt to split our Motherland. Xinjiang is a an
part of our nation."
has at least some basic knowledge of the Central Asia's
history would know for sure that the Uyghurs, one of the
Turkic ethnic groups, have lived in Eastern Turkistan for
one thousand years. Uyghurs together with Uzbeks, Kazakhs
Turkic people refer to their language as to "Turkic";
define their identity as "Turkic". Over centuries the Arabs,
Persians and other neighbors called this region Eastern
The Western Orientalists defined the Uyghurs' territory in
century as Eastern Turkistan. This term has long been
accepted as a
proper geographic reference and as an official name of the
among the locals and the world community. "Eastern
Turkistan" is the
name by which our Motherland has been known worldwide; this
of our sacred land!
We would like
to stress out that the term Xinjiang used by the
Chinese invaders serves as a clear evidence of the Chinese
and oppression. "Xinjiang" means in the Chinese language "a
border, new territory". "New territory" for invaders - this
ample example of the typical colonial attitudes. The name
was made up by the Chinese aggressors; it never was accepted
people of East Turkistan!
In its report
the Chinese media center once again made lies stating
that "Xinjiang was a part of our country since 60 B.D". It
that this territory was occupied for the first time by the
60 B.D. But a colonization and oppression does not signify
The Chinese daydream when they say that this "territory was
part of our country". The Chinese occupied at that time a
part of the world named Turkistan which also included
present independent states of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and
However, even though the Chinese once occupied the ancient
nowadays they do not raise any territorial claims to the new
independent countries. The Chinese know very well that doing
would be extremely stupid of them!
occupants have used various dirty strategies for a long
time, such policies are ultimately aimed at falsifying
facts. All Chinese propaganda related to the Eastern
issues is nothing but gross lies.
"Terrorism" But Fight Against Oppression!
Chinese News Agency's statement poses a question in its
" Which terrorist acts the Eastern Turkistan terrorists
out?". The report labels all existing Eastern Turkistan
organizations and associations as illegal terrorist groups.
Moreover, the movement of civil disobedience and human right
protests in Eastern Turkistan are portrayed as "terrorist
movement has reasons for establishment and declares its
ultimate objectives. The Eastern Turkistan liberation
be viewed under any circumstances as " the terrorist
external and internal enemies who try to split China", as
communist regime pretends to depict it.
The Eastern Turkistan liberation movement is actually an
way of resisting the brutal Chinese oppression. This
movement aims at
establishing the independent state and struggles for the
of the human rights. The Eastern Turkistan liberation
movement is not
a "terrorist force" as the Chines claim it to be; it is
unity of the best representatives of the Eastern Turkistan
would sacrifice their lives for liberty and independence of
Turkistan people have suffered severely during the last
200 years of the Chinese occupation. The Eastern Turkistanis
a tremendous oppression under the Imperial Chinese ruling in
past; and they have suffered even more under the present
regime. Only within the short period between 1950 and 1980
500 thousand Uyghurs were imprisoned, tortured and murdered
charges of involvement in " nationalist separatist
illegal religious activities, attempts to split the country"
forth. From 1990 until presently over 2 thousand Uyghurs
sentenced to death on the similar charges; and they all were
the same day their verdicts were announced.
thousand people are detained presently. During last
three months after the September 11 events over 3 thousand
clerics were detained; more than 20 among them were executed
immediately after their verdicts were announced.
It is the
Communist Chinese government which is a real terrorist
It is only
natural for people to resist oppression. The Uyghur people
realize that gaining true liberty is not possible without
real independence. The oppressed nation does have the
for resistance! The Uyghur people raised over 500 rebellions
the aggressors within the last 200 years of the Chinese
Just in the last century the Uyghurs succeeded twice in
national independence and in establishing the Eastern
Republic -- in 1933 and in 1949. However, due to various
Uyghurs lost their independence and freedom to the Chinese
Over the last fifty years of the Chinese invasion the Uyghur
liberation movement has never ceased fighting for freedom.
intensified struggle for the national liberation is not
foreign enemies." Neither the liberation movement is an
fundamentalist organization. These lies are all made up by
Chinese Communist propaganda in order to deceive the public
The struggle for Uyghur liberation has been going on for
years now and it will continue until the full victory.
Chinese News Agency especially mention the program and
activities of two parties -- "Islamic Party of Reforms" and
Eastern Turkistan Party". Xinghua associates these parties
other Eastern Turkistan liberation organizations and claims
anti-Chinese fighters are essentially terrorists.
Once again we
would like to stress out that presently there are more
than twenty Uyghur organizations worldwide. They all have
programs and use different strategies in their activities.
The main recognized Uyghur organizations in exile are
Turkistan/ Uyghuristan/ National Congress", "European
Turkistan Unity", "Eastern Turkistan Informational Center",
"Uyghur's Youth World Congress". These main Uyghur parties
their activities on peaceful political fight for liberation,
of freedom and tolerance, recognition of only political and
solutions to the issue of Eastern Turkistan liberation.
Presently no forms of free political organization or mass
against the government are possible in Eastern Turkistan and
in China. It is easy to understand why some people turn to
armed resistance. Struggle for liberation has many tactics;
undoubtedly the oppressed people have the right of choosing
of resistance. For example, the Chinese authorities mention
terrorist attacks" in 1995 and 1996 in Qashgar when the
Heyitkah and Qawultoga mosques were killed. These
organized and carried out by the members of the above
organization. The interesting side of this story is that the
assassins and their victims were all of the Uyghur origin.
ask ourselves: why would an Uyghur kill another Uyghur?
clerics actually were loyal to the Chinese government, they
innocent Uyghurs and charged them with political crimes in
gain benefits from their Chinese masters. So it is quite
understandable that some Uyghur organizations attacked the
traitors in Eastern Turkistan in order to encourage
resistance. Such fight is another way of national
In its report
the Xinghua Chinese News Agency mentioned famous
events of the 1990 in Barin, February 5th 1997 in Ghuldja
and 1999 in
Hotan. Xinghua especially points out that 'such gross
planned, organized and carried out by the terrorist Eastern
groups". The protesters were in fact ordinary citizens who
not know the terms "terrorists", "terrorist organization"
the Chinese propaganda. These protesters only fought against
brutal Chinese rule.
states that " the Eastern Turkistan groups have close
links with international terrorism" and that " the Eastern
Islamic Movement has close ties with Osama bin Laden who
them with financial aid." It is true that some Uyghurs fled
1990's to Afghanistan seeking refuge. They received military
training there; however, it is not clear at all how close
links between Osama bin Laden and "the Eastern Turkistan
Movement". Even if such links really existed there is no
label all acting Eastern Turkistan liberation organizations
"terrorist groups". The Chinese media illogically attempts
all Uyghur organizations with the alleged wrongdoings of the
non-representative group. This organization is not a leading
of Eastern Turkistan liberation movement. It does not belong
major liberation organizations and associations. The
Turkistan Islamic Movement" represents only itself. It is
responsible for its actions, under any conditions it cannot
presented as the general Uyghur national liberation movement
keep in mind that the armed resistance in Eastern
Turkistan began in 1980's and continued in 1990's. For
April of 1990 in Barin region large groups of protesters
against the Chinese rule. They had no arms at all and fought
sticks and stones in their hands against the regular
police forces. At that time the Taliban movement did not
Earth and literally a few number of people heard about a
called Osama bin Laden.
Taliban regime is overthrown and notorious bin Laden is
hiding from the international justice. But the struggle for
Turkistan's independence is continuing. This struggle has
common with Islamist radicals, bin Laden, and generally with
terrorists of all kinds. This just fight for Uyghur national
liberation will not cease until the full victory since it is
sponsored from abroad and since it draws sources from the
Turkistan people and their =
immense will and desire for freedom