Thousands of religious sites in Xinjiang have been destroyed, a new analysis suggests, part of China’s drive to erode the region’s heritage.
Austin RamzyIn addition to mass incarcerations, the Chinese authorities have also destroyed key Islamic sites in Xinjiang. On-the-ground reporting of @ChuBailiang and detailed satellite photo documentation by @Nrg8000 document the extent of the cultural erasure
China said it was winding down its “re-education” camps for Uighurs and other minorities, but researchers found evidence that incarceration is on the rise.
Austin RamzyUsing telltale clusters of lights in nighttime satellite photos, researchers identified new and expanded detention sites in Xinjiang, where China claims to have wound down its indoctrination program for Uighurs and other minorities
The sweep, which included two lawmakers, comes as Beijing moves to clamp down on dissent in the territory and local officials try to polish their tarnished image.
Austin RamzyLast year, Hong Kong watched on livestreams as a mob beat a group of commuters, protesters, a lawmaker and a journalist. Now, Hong Kong police say the public understanding of the event is wrong, and they've arrested the lawmaker to change the narrative
Austin RamzyNext Digital statement on the arrests and police raid today: "In the face of these illegal, unreasonable and barbaric tactics, the staff of Apple Daily will stay fearless and continue speaking the truth amid persecution."
The Trump administration told Chinese diplomats in Texas to clear out by Friday. China warned it would retaliate.
Austin RamzyStaff seen dumping what appeared to be documents into flaming barrels as U.S. orders China's consulate in Houston to close in 72 hours. Can expect Beijing will now order an American consulate closed in retaliation