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TCN: Taiwan holds prayer vigil for Uighur victims in China
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Mon, 20 Jul 2009 17:49:05 -0700
>Taiwan Church News
>July 13~19, 2009
Taiwan holds prayer vigil for Uighur victims in China
>Reported by Chiou Kuo-rong
>Written by Lydia Ma
Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAUNA) held a candlelight vigil on July 13th for
Uighurs in Xinjiang, China, fighting for their human rights. Led by William J.K. Lo,
former General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) and
current Director of TAUNA, many gathered at Gi-Kong Presbyterian Church to
pray for the life and safety of Uighurs and for real justice to prevail as the Chinese
>government continues its clampdown.
A riot erupted on July 5th in Xinjiang, also known as East Turkestan, and Chinese
officials responded with violent repression, highlighting ethnic conflict and distrust
between Han and Uighur in that region. According to World Uighur Congress, the
death toll is between 600 and 800, most of them Uyghur civilians.
In response to violence in Xinjiang, several PCT presbyteries and human rights
groups called for a candlelight vigil and prayers. During the vigil, Lo pointed out
that since the founding of the People’s Republic of China over sixty years ago,
this country’s repressive and violent one-party regime has never changed its
approach. Now that China has become a powerful country, its increased
clampdown of Xinjiang and Tibet will also affect the national stability of
surrounding countries in Asia and violent repressions like this one should
>generate international concern.
Lo said that since the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that
every person has the right to life, freedom, and safety, therefore, Taiwanese
people are willing to continue supporting minority groups oppressed by Chinese
authorities. This is Taiwan’s way of helping others and itself so that massacres
such as the February 28 Incident, which happened in Taiwan many years ago,
>will not occur again.
According to former Shanghai East China Normal University Professor Lin Bao-
hua, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is accustomed to using peaceful
means before resorting to military force in its ultimate plan to reunify lands it
considers its own. Lin currently lives in Taiwan and founded an organization of to
fight against communism. He warned that China would try to show goodwill
toward Taiwan at first but once it has reached its goal of reunifying Taiwan, it will
deal with Taiwan in the same violent manner as witnessed in Xinjiang.
Lin said that CCP was definitely responsible for the deaths of Uighurs and Han
Chinese during recent protests because there were other means to dispel
protesters, such as using tear gas, but the CCP chose to use bullets instead,
which only escalated ethnic conflict and violence. Lin also pointed out that CCP
authorities deliberately had foreign media report from designated locations
during protests to distract viewers and make it seem as though Uighurs were
training terrorists within Chinese territory. He cautioned Taiwanese people to be
careful of CCP’s underhanded and carefully planned tactics.
West Amis Presbytery Shan-Mei Church’s pastor Rev. Mayaw Komod said he
can relate to the plight of Uighurs because of his aboriginal background. He
emphasized that without overwhelming courage and love that comes from God
alone, aboriginals and Han Chinese cannot deal with or change repressive,
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