The American news organization Radio Free Asia (RFA) confirmed to Chinese officials this weekend that at least 13 people, all believed to be of Uyghur origin, have died in East Turkestan as a result of poisoning by agents “disinfectants” that the Communist Party has flooded the region as a form of response to the pandemic.
Much of East Turkestan, particularly the northern city of Ghulja, has been under Chinese coronavirus lockdown since this summer, leading to what are thought to be dozens of deaths of people the government starved or barred from access to life-saving drugs. Uighurs and other local Turks have accused the Han-dominated Communist Party of using the pandemic as an excuse to expand its genocidal intent and attempt to starve entire communities, in addition to killing, torturing, sterilizing and enslaving. millions of people in the region since at least 2017.
The Central Asian region of East Turkestan, which China calls the “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” is home to a network of hundreds of concentration camps that Beijing says are “vocational” schools. Survivors say they faced indoctrination, extreme torture, gang rape, slavery, testing consistent with live organ harvesting and forced sterilization in the camps.
Local sources in Hotan, East Turkestan, told RFA in an article published on Friday that the Communist Party had aggressively sprayed communities in the region with unknown chemicals to allegedly ‘disinfect’ areas confirming coronavirus cases. Chinese.
A local official who wished to remain anonymous confirmed the deaths of “12 or 13” people in a village in Hotan after the chemicals were sprayed and acknowledged that he personally lost a relative to the poisoning of mass.
“The government sprayed disinfectants on the roofs and in the courtyards of every house to disinfect, and as a result, all the residents passed out, and there was no one from the government to take them to the hospital,” said said an anonymous Uyghur. from Guma County, Hotan, confirmed to RFA. “There is nothing to eat and the whole community has been knocked out by [authorities’] spraying the so-called disinfectant. We don’t all know what will happen tomorrow when we wake up.
The man said his 24-year-old son was arrested for refusing to allow spraying, according to RFA.
In addition to door-to-door chemical spraying, some witnesses said they saw planes spraying chemicals in the community. None of the witnesses seemed to know exactly what chemicals they were exposed to.
The vast majority of states have given up trying to ‘disinfect’ public spaces by spraying them with chemicals, although the practice was visible in some countries, including Peru, in 2020 – when scientists had yet to completely understood how the Chinese coronavirus spreads. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly advises against such spraying.
“In outdoor areas, large-scale spraying or fumigation in areas such as streets or open markets for the [Chinese coronavirus] or other pathogens is not recommended. Streets and sidewalks are not considered infection pathways for [Chinese coronavirus]”, advises the WHO website. “The spraying of disinfectants, even outdoors, can be harmful to people’s health and cause irritation or damage to the eyes, respiratory or skin.
The UN health agency adds that in addition to potentially poisoning the public, spraying chemicals in open areas does not work because “the presence of dirt or litter, for example, inactivates the disinfectant, and manual cleaning to physically remove all material is not feasible”. It’s even less effective on porous surfaces such as sidewalks and unpaved driveways.
The site also warns: “Spraying individuals with disinfectants (such as in a tunnel, closet, or bedroom) is not recommended under any circumstances. This practice could be physically and psychologically harmful and would not reduce an infected person’s ability to spread the virus by droplets or contact.
The ‘disinfectant’ deaths follow reports of dozens of people killed by starvation or lack of medical care since July, when authorities began imposing mass house arrests in some of Turkestan’s most populated areas Oriental. In late September, RFA confirmed 22 deaths in Ghulja, East Turkestan, which would represent only a small percentage of the true toll given the deluge of panicked messages from Uyghurs and others in the region on social media demanding that the government allows them access to food. and medicine. Diaspora Uyghurs relayed heartbreaking messages on Weibo, Douyin and other highly censored Chinese social media in which individuals trapped in East Turkestan posted their starving children, empty refrigerators and, in some cases, the corpses of loved ones trapped at home. Chinese censors initially attempted to delete the protest posts but were overwhelmed and in September changed tack to mass uploading innocuous posts and flooding hashtags and topics used by those trapped in irrelevant information, drowning out calls for help.
“There is no doubt that China is using the pretext of the Covid shutdowns to deliberately murder Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples through forced starvation,” said Salih Hudayar, the prime minister of the government of East Turkestan in exile, during the meeting. of a protest in Washington, DC, last month in response to outcry from the Uyghur region. “Many reports have emerged from East Turkestan that the Chinese government is locking Uyghurs and other Turkic people in their homes and starving them to death.”
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