"Misinformation from Chinese government must be called out" - Ógra Aontú
Ógra Aontú have hit out at tweets from the Chinese Embassy in the USA which seek to downplay the horrors being inflicted on the Uighur population in Xingang. Chairperson of Ógra Aontú, Jason Conroy, a student of UCD, said:
"Forced sterilisation, forced abortions, police raids to look for hidden children, families torn apart, interment used as a punishment for having too many children - this is what the Chinese government is doing to the native women in East Turkistan. This is the deliberate policy of the Chinese State, wherein the lives of women and children are subjected to the needs of the CCP: the Uighur Muslims are an ethnically and religiously distinct community in China, and this is considered intolerable in a totalitarian state"
Jason continued: "Recently we saw a tweet from the Chinese embassy in the US, trying to paint these policies, which have been described as “demographic genocide”, as progressive and pro-women. The Chinese government claimed that women were empowered, “more confident and independent”. It claims the women of East Turkistan are no longer “baby-making machines.” A state like China is powerful enough to flatly contradict the truth and create its own false reality: forced insertion of IUDs and sterilisations are not “emancipation.” Population growth among the Uighurs is now only 15% of what it used to be since China began its genocidal policies against them".
"Thankfully, Twitter have removed the tweet on the grounds that it is “dehumanising” of Uighur women. When genocide is brazenly dressed up as “empowerment”, it is our duty to call it out. The Irish government needs to value human life over the interests of multinational corporations, and call out the Chinese government over its treatment of the Uighur peoples", concluded Jason.