Monday, March 1

Genocide against the Uyghurs | China furious at Commons vote

(Ottawa) “Hypocrite”, “contemptible”, “arrogant”, “ignorant”. The House of Commons vote recognizing the existence of genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang has inspired a litany of criticism at the Chinese Embassy in Canada.


Melanie MarquisMelanie Marquis
Press

For the second time in two weeks, a spokesperson for the Beijing mission in Ottawa is issuing a lengthy vitriolic statement against the Canadian government. Last week it was in reaction to a Canadian initiative against arbitrary detention. This time, it is the adoption of a motion wanting that a genocide be perpetrated against the Uyghur Muslim minority that inspired him a new virulent exit.

While arguing that “the issues in Xinjiang do not concern human rights, ethnicity or religion”, but “the fight against violent terrorism and secession”, the embassy representative condemns the “disgraceful gesture” elected federal officials, which he said constitutes “gross interference in the affairs of China” and “malicious provocation against the 1.4 billion Chinese”.

And Canada’s attempts to ban China are clearly doomed to failure, spokesman Zhang Haitao said. “We urge these politicians to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, to stop using the Xinjiang issue for their own interests, and to stop participating in this anti-China farce, otherwise they will end up humiliating themselves ”.

Federal officials on Monday adopted by a vote of 266-0 a motion stipulating “that the House recognize that genocide is currently being perpetrated by the People’s Republic of China against the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims.” Thanks to a Bloc amendment, it also demands the move of the Olympic Games to Beijing in 2022.

Referring to this passage of the motion, the spokesperson also criticizes elected officials for seeking to “gain political capital by playing the China card”, for engaging in “a hype on the issue of the Games of Beijing winter based on political lies ”, and therefore, to“ politicize ”sport. “What selfishness, what narrow-mindedness! », He pleaded.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet did not vote. Only the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marc Garneau, spoke in the process. “I abstain on behalf of the Government of Canada,” he declared virtually, drawing audible criticism from elected officials who sat in person in the House of Commons.



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