A 3-year-old boy skips in front of the White House, playfully poking bystanders, giggling as they shy away from his blue and white flag. Three-thousand miles away in East Turkistan, hundreds of his relatives are being murdered, sterilized, and silenced in concentration camps run by the Chinese Communist Party.
“Since China occupied East Turkistan in late 1949, the Chinese government has executed a brutal persecution campaign against the Uyghur and other Turkish populations in East Turkistan,” said Salih Hudayar, founder of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNMA), at a march against China’s genocide in East Turkistan on Friday. “In recent years, China’s colonization and occupation has exacerbated what is, without doubt, genocide as defined under international law.”
Hudayar, a Uyghur American, political refugee, and prime minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, was born in East Turkistan. His great-grandfather was killed when China re-annexed East Turkistan in 1949, capturing the area now known as Xinjiang. Uyghur Muslims