Thousands protest for Uyghur Muslim justice
Thousands of people turned up outside the Chinese embassy in London to protest against the oppression faced by Uyghur Muslims in China.
Several organisations came together to hold the Stand 4 Uyghurs event over the weekend with rallies running in London and Manchester. Protestors went to the streets with chants of “We will not be silenced” and demanded the shutdown of the camps in Xinjiang, where experts say millions of Muslims are incarcerated.
“More and more people are finding out about the horrific treatment of the Uyghurs, but not many people know what to do to help them,” campaign coordinator Dr Salman Butt told Islam Channel.
“This longer-term campaign aims to tackle three issues: motivate people by highlighting examples of how powerful their voice is; inform them with accurate information of who the Uyghurs are and what is happening to them; then channelling them towards effective action.”
“Demonstrations like this Saturday’s are a rare opportunity to show moral support to Uyghurs and other oppressed minorities on a weekend which they themselves have reached out to us to make a stand on. It is the least we can do.”
Those at the event included Muslim groups and representatives from different faith communities and other organisations.
Social media coverage from the event
An emotional moment when a Uyghur man hugs speaker Mohammad Hijab for his speech about the persecution the community faces in China
Witness testimony from inside one of the camps
Dua from Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad
Well known Muslim figures and politicians also showed their support of the protests
More than a million Muslims are in camps in Xinjiang, according to activists. Former inmates say torture, forced labour and sterilisation of women happens at an industrial scale in these camps.
The Chinese government is also accused of forcibly transferring citizens to work in factories across the country. Many of these factories are reportedly part of the supply chains of various well-known global brands.