According to a new article by The Independent, “Perhaps a million … Muslims were detained for re-education by China’s government and made to eat pork and drink alcohol”.
Mr. Bekali, a Kazakh citizen, was reportedly arrested and held in mass re-education camps without trial or access to a lawyer. He was also forced to disavow his beliefs and praise the Communist Party.
A US commission called it the “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today” while a leading historian called it “cultural cleansing”.
Asked to comment on the camps by the Associated Press, the ministry said it “had not heard” of the situation.
Why Does This Matter?
In the face of China’s growing soft power in recent years, there has been a trend among some on the left to become apologists for the Chinese regime.
This story shows, in the most explicit terms, the difference between Western democracies built on individual rights, and the dangerous collectivist vision put forward by China.
The Chinese regime is by no means a friend to freedom, tolerance, or democracy.
This situation puts that in broad daylight.
So why has Canada and the federal government continued to take a soft stance against the Chinese regime?
I have no idea, but it’s perhaps time the Trudeau government stopped pretending that they are dealing with a fair or sensible regime, and begin to seriously take the Chinese government for what they really are.