Friday, July 17, 2009

The True Situation

It is almost two weeks after the July 5 riots rocked Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Chinese state media are still on the offensive after the place is supposedly back to normal.
Some websites have set up special channels dedicated to presenting the "real Xinjiang", while radio outlets interview tourists and people in the area to give the impression life is great and the Uygurs are all happy again.
Opinion pages in newspapers are still complaining foreign media presenting biased reports about the situation, and again accusing them of mislabeling pictures which in some cases are honest mistakes.
Can someone tell the government they are flogging a dead horse?
However the fact remains that not all is fine in the western region.
My friend in Beijing is trying to contact someone he knows in Hotan, Xinjiang by cellphone, but he has only been able to get in touch with her once late last week. Since then when he tries to call there is a recording saying there is no phone service, and since last Sunday, the Internet service too.
We here in the Chinese capital still have Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Blogspot blocked and who knows for how much longer.
This time it has infuriated local Internet users, not just us foreigners; they are starting to get used to accessing proxy servers in order to update their FB statuses.
So it is a misnomer for the government and state media to say everything is back to normal in Xinjiang because it isn't.
Is anyone reporting on that?

1 comment:

gung said...

the uighur rebellions are trying to link up with tibetans using the dala lama as their spokesperson in order to attract international attention. but they forgot theirs is a political rebellion whilst tibetan has a religious overtone.