VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A collection of groups with complaints against the Chinese government gathered Sunday for a demonstration outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Among the groups taking part was the Vancouver Uyghur Association, which speaks on behalf of the Muslim population in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang.
Those people have been the subject of ongoing repression, said Shalina Nurly, with the Uyghur Association.
She said her group would like the Canadian government to acknowledge her homeland as ‘East Turkistan.”
“The Chinese Communist Party likes to claim that Xinjiang is always theirs,” she added. “It’s kind of frustrating. That is our land. So it would be proper, I feel, of a government to acknowledge East Turkistan as a country, or even as an occupied country, instead of just calling it Xinjiang.”
Nurly said people in Canada need to know about the situation in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang.
“In occupied East Turkistan right now, there’s about up to three million Uyghurs who are in concentration camps, where they are suffering from psychological and physical torture, such as brainwashing, and there have been reports of organ harvesting, along with forced sterilization,” she added.
“Those who aren’t in these camps are under constant surveillance and oppression. There have been cases where they were forced to marry upon Chinese as a means to get rid of our culture identity, and the children of these people who are in these camps, their children are sent to orphanages.”
Other groups represented at the Vancouver protest included people opposed to Chinese policy in Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and the continued detention of the “two Michaels.”