WASHINGTON, DC – February 5, 2020
Uyghurs and other East Turkistanis led by the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement in the United States commemorated the 23rd Anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre by organizing a peaceful march from the White House to the US State Department. Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile called on the US Government to support Uyghurs and support East Turkistan. He called on the State Department to do more and recognize China’s atrocities as a genocide along with recognizing East Turkistan as an occupied country. He also urged the US Government and other governments in the Free World to use humanitarian intervention if necessary to put a stop to China’s brutal occupation and genocide in East Turkistan.
The Ghulja Massacre occurred on February 5, 1997 when tens of thousands of Uyghurs took to the streets of Ghulja to protest China’s arrests and execution of over 30 Uyghur independence activists. The Chinese government responded with a brutal crackdown in which 100s were killed and thousands were arrested.
VIDEO on the Ghulja Massacre: