Poke In The World’s Eye: Uyghur Dinigeer Yilamujiang Lights Winter Olympic Flame As Genocide By China Continues


Let me start with a fact that the vast majority of the nations in the world agree is taking place as I write.

China is carrying out a genocide in Xinjiang.

I applaud the actions of President Joe Biden for clearly demonstrating that such evil in the world must be called out, and never rewarded. I strongly support the decision of the United States to take a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in China. There is no way to not stand up in opposition to Beijing’s internment of nearly one million Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.

So it was a gigantic poke in the eye of the world community that China’s President Xi Jinping selected Dinigeer Yilamujiang, who is originally from Xinjiang, to play such a most prominent and troubling role in lighting the cauldron. If something can be expertly spun, creatively sold, or handsomely packaged, it can be sold and bought by others.

Right?

Wrong.

NPR’s Emily Feng recently reported:

“Since 2017, authorities in Xinjiang have rounded up hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority group, and sent them to detention centers where they are taught Mandarin Chinese and Chinese political ideology. Camp detainees have reported being forced to work in factories during their detention or after they are released. The children of those detained or arrested are often sent to state boarding schools, even when relatives are willing to take them in.”

Meanwhile, at the opening ceremonies, Russian President Putin and Xi sat together and surely were smirking. How could they not as the song Imagine, made famous by John Lennon, played to a choreographed scene in the arena? Hubris and irony competed for attention.

The list of atrocities China is engaged in today can not be forgotten with a truly impressive and technologically driven opening ceremony. While the LED show was dazzling for viewers, human rights abuses by China were taking place against Tibetans’ culture, religion, and language; Hong Kong’s democratic freedoms; and the continuous undermining of the democratic-island of Taiwan. 

Oh, yes, less we forget following the flame lighting Bejing….the genocide in Xinjiang.

The People’s Republic of China and the repressive government might think holding hands with Russia’s Putin and showcasing an axis of power while putting forth a global PR effort at the Olympics will turn the page.

But the world community has access to news and reporting about the genocide within China. In two weeks the Olympic flame will be doused, but the knowledge of the crimes continually perpetrated by China will not be forgotten.

And so it goes.

6 thoughts on “Poke In The World’s Eye: Uyghur Dinigeer Yilamujiang Lights Winter Olympic Flame As Genocide By China Continues

  1. cliff lofgrin

    Why are some outlets saying she has gone missing? With the virus around, I’d hide out too.

    The world has got to realize that there are (were) 187 “playgrounds” and every one has a bully. What happens inside a country is purely under their control and anyone who wants to change that is just another bully wanting things their way.

    One wants to burn the rain forest. One doubles the price of gas. One spends the countries resources NOT on the citizens. One withholds innoculations so the poor get sick and die. One borrows money and puts the debt onto future generations.

    And not one bully thinks another bully has any right to interfer. In a way, every playground is the same.

    There is no such thing as “human rights.” In one country you think you own land, but if the elected government decides they want it for some other use, it is taken away. We only have rights granted us by military or elected people who themselves are treating their role purely as employment and doing whatever it takes to get reelected.

    I won’t address how people end up six feet under.

    Situations are complex. Mistakes are made. The press is biased. In 1984 when the ‘divest funds out of South Africa’ was so popular, people in South Africa voiced that divestiture was the WORSE action to achieve what “the world” wanted. The country was changing, naturally. Remember when the US had it’s 3/5 votes? That was a transistion. Bull in a China Shop doesn’t always end up well .

    Lastly, with information restricted out of the country, I haven’t read “China’s President Xi Jinping selected Dinigeer Yilamujiang” except here.

    1. Cliff,

      Thank you for your comment.

      International relations demand rules of the road. For instance, one can not threaten their sovereign neighbors or act as the Serbs did against Muslims, or treat people like those in Darfur suffered. The world fought against the Holocaust, NATO bombed Serbs, and efforts over the years have worked through a number of countries to end the genocide in Darfur.

      I would argue that history is the road map, if you are not inclined to trust the press. I do trust NPR, BBC, NYT, Washington Post, Economist.

      As for Xi and selecting Dinigeer Yilamujiang…there is no way that such a large power play of a person to light flame would have been made by anyone other than XI. A message was sent to the world, and with such a message no one other than Xi would have signed off on it. The entire choreographed opening program was not about sport, but the very well-calculated PR efforts of China.

      1. Bill Fred

        You are right that history is a road map. Look at the history of US propaganda infiltrating the media during the Cold War. Well, there is a new Cold War with China being stoked.

        Just look at the “primary sources” for those publications. The main two are Adrian Zenz and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Zenz is part of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a conservative, anti-communist think tank based in DC, known for believing and spreading false numbers of “victims” from The Black Book of Communism (1997). The authors of the book have since claimed these numbers were not true, as have numerous scholars. Yet Zenz’s group still pedals this misinformation, so how can it be trusted to correctly inform on a current communist state? The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, or ASPI, is an Australian defense think tank funded by the Australian Department of Defence, the US State Department, and numerous military contractors, including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. So this think tank has much to gain by rallying support against China by fear. Very recently Raytheon’s CEO Greg Hayes stated to investors they “expect to see benefit” from increasing tension with China (as well as the Middle East and Eastern Europe). An additional level of mistrust comes from when the State Department declared China’s “genocide.” It was under former CIA Director and staunch Trump Loyalist Mike Pompeo on the last days of Trump’s presidency, who during this time also put Cuba back on the “state sponsor of terrorist” list unnecessarily. These are all deeply flawed and untrustworthy sources, yet many legitimate news sources are citing them as unquestionable. This seems suspicious.

        Finally, look at the history of the region. There were numerous terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists in the 2010s. When Islamist extremists attacks affected the US, it started multiple wars (including Iraq with false media claims of WMDs), which has caused the deaths of countless innocent civilians. But this was, and continues to be seen as okay. The US also locks up many Muslim suspects in Guantanamo Bay and other sites where it violates their human rights. The Patriot Act was also a response which violates American citizens’ rights. And this was all from terrorists based on the other side of the globe. In China, they were based within the country. The East Turkestan Islamic Movement was on the US terror list for years, until none other than Mike Pompeo under Trump conveniently removed it in 2020. China had to deal with this threat or else more people would die from religious extremism. Because of the untrustworthy sources for genocide, that serious accusation should not be thrown around as easily as it is. Many people say even if it’s just “forced re-education” it is still a violation. Maybe. But is it more of a violation than any of the US tactics during the “War on Terror” stated above? Definitely not. There is no perfect government, nor is there a perfect resolution to religious extremism. But unless there’s trustworthy sources and concrete evidence to the contrary, which is still lacking despite the accusations for years, it seems China is more humane than the US.

        Finally, the torch ceremony, which included all 56 of China’s minorities but western media is focusing on Dinigeer Yilamujiang, who is a Uyghur from Xinjiang. And yes she did get a starring role, but she’s been training for the Olympics for years, just look at her and her Xinjiang team’s social media, with posts before the “genocide” was part of the conversation. But especially in a world where the Western powers are making these accusations, and also notably “third world” countries, even Islamic ones, do not recognize these accusations, why wouldn’t they make this statement? The US repeatedly tries to show its support for diversity in politics, media, and sports while gross suppression has happened here visibly since the country’s creation up to present day (Minneapolis is in the news again).

        So again, if history is a road map, it, at the very least leads to looking at the accusations with serious grains of salt, at the most as completely fabricated.

        1. I am amused that you would think the BBC, NPR, The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, and a plethora of other news organizations would fall victim to Adrian Zenz and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. In the free world news organizations follow the facts and the new story is built from the information gathered. As such, the story of what the Uyghurs have experienced in Xinjiang, from detainment to mass surveillance to forced sterilization, has trickled out slowly due to the stringent control China exerts over its media. Perhaps in your interest of getting out the facts, you will write a letter to the Chinese government asking for the BBC or The Economist to have open access to Xinjiang and Uyghurs. You do realize that the happy face of Dinigeer Yilamujiang, along with those of the Han people who have spread into the lands of the Uyghurs so to re-populate and undermine an existing culture, is part and parcel of the legal definition of genocide? Over the past ten years, as documents have been leaked to the press and more Uyghur activists have escaped the country, a bleak picture has emerged, leading some observers—including the U.S.—to correctly classify China’s ongoing human rights abuses as genocide. Your comment has all the markings of China propaganda, and yet, it was posted here in the United States on this blog. That is how the whole of the Uyghur people should be allowed to openly express themselves, too.

          1. Bill Fred

            It’s amusing you think these sources wouldn’t for multiple reasons. First and foremost, many news sources directly cite Zenz or the ASPI, and both the ASPI and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation have direct ties with the US government, which you claim is a credible source (or at least, more credible than China’s government). Second, direct CIA infiltration of the press (Mazzetti and the NYT in 2012 comes to mind) aside, all those news sources reported (yes, British ones too) about the WMDs in Iraq which gained popular support for the invasion on both sides of the Atlantic. This is now recognized as a major propaganda campaign that infiltrated the press, and it wasn’t the first, why would it be the last? This shows that the “free world” media is just as susceptible to pumping out misinformation/propaganda as the “unfree” communist nations (further looking into the Cold War shows that the US focused much more on fear-based propaganda than the USSR).

            The “leaked documents and information” as well as hearsay by people who have “escaped” are sources that any person who knows the history talked about above would take with a grain of salt. And the people, look at the Twitter account of Sadam Abdusalam or the Instagram of Mehray Mezenhof. The former is especially suspicious if you are familiar with the platform at all and stopped tweeting in a very suspicious way last March, as different news overtook his story. Mezenhof’s Instagram is a bit more believable but very curiously has been silent since September, when she talked about the UK Uyghur Tribunal but has been silent even after the Tribunal’s decision in December. Both were in a “free” country, Australia. And both just decided to give up the social media campaign for loved ones. Seems fishy that they both just ghosted their campaigns to spread information about their loved ones that they were adamant about during the height of their time in the news.

            As far as your smiles to genocide comment, I don’t think that sentence makes sense, but I’m assuming by “legal definition” you mean the birth control/forced sterilization aspect. I would definitely agree to consider that genocide, even if people were not being killed, or at least some form of it. But, that information, according to the top 4 results on google (Associated Press, BBC, Al Jazeera, ABC, Reuters), comes from one source. That would be Adrian Zenz. It seems that major news sources do fall victim after all.

            Ironically, none of what I am saying is based on any information from Chinese state affiliated media, which I obviously don’t believe to be unbiased. So I am not saying “markings of China propaganda.” I am making an assessment based on what the western media has produced while taking into consideration it’s history.

            As far as writing a letter to the CCP to ask for “the BBC or the Economist” to enter the country, why would China allow a country that’s actively against it investigate it? Britain would obviously be biased, as would the US. Imagine if China wanted to send journalists to investigate the ICE detention centers, Guantanamo Bay, or the slave labor and other abuses of prisoners domestically in the US. It would be out of the question.

            That does bring up an interesting point about travel though. An interesting find is the Adventures of Nicole blog. She talks about traveling to Xinjiang, and, while she didn’t enjoy the many security checkpoints, that’s understandable given the terrorist attacks in recent years. She did, however, enjoy the Uyghur culture, which was still completely the majority and made the experience worthwhile. Pretty strange for a culture that’s supposedly been being stamped out for years.

            At the end of the day, is the US really concerned about innocent Muslims, or people in general, being killed or suppressed? The US is more guilty of innocent Muslims being killed than anyone this century. Has the US always cared about Communism or rival Communist states strengthening? History would say a resounding yes. Does the US benefit from making China look bad through propaganda to the point where military contractors are benefiting? Well it’s working with Russia at this very moment, it would be even better for them with China.

            For me as a US citizen, I have much less of a right to say whether China’s media should be believed or not believed. I do not and have not lived there. I have lived here. So the question I can answer is whether to believe the US government and media. History would tell me I should not.

            1. I was taught reading comprehension to be more important than the actual words printed.

              You wrote the following. “Does the US benefit from making China look bad through propaganda to the point where military contractors are benefiting? Well it’s working with Russia at this very moment, it would be even better for them with China.”

              Your foundation is showing when you try to suggest that the actual deeds of the Chinese government with its president-for-life, in and of themselves, are not the reason the world scorns them. You know it is the brutality of the Chinese government as the central issue, not as your write the US “making China look bad”. And then you try the same with Russia!

              Might the actual 100,000 plus Russian soldiers in both Belarus and the border with Ukraine be the source of the concerns? Or are the surveillance photos not showing the actual alignment of forces? Is not the continued repression at every level within China and the deprivation of basic humanity to the Uyghurs the reason for concern b the world community?

              And yes, as a United States citizen, with the ideals of our nation, and the pressing forward over the centuries with increased rights and civil liberties we have–you have–not only the right but the duty to stand up to those places in the world that undermine human rights, banish the free press, squelch dissent, and mock international law. We stand with the Chinese people as we know, like others around the globe from the 1700s onward, that the yearning for freedom and liberty is part of the human condition.

              Perhaps it is due to my background in both radio news and then working in the state legislature, and then years spent at grant writing for non-profits, but facts matter. So does being foresquare with liberty and freedom.

              When was the last national election in China?

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