Hundreds of people on Tuesday gathered outside the Chinese consulate in Adelaide to protest against human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. Social media users shared videos and photos of fiery visuals outside the newly-constructed Chinese consulate, where people chanted slogans and raised East Turkestan flags.
Adelaide has one of the largest populations of Uyghur Muslims in Australia. The crowd included members of the Uyghur community and also local Australians, who are demanding the closure of the consulate due to the risk it poses to Australia’s national security. Meanwhile,China has been rebuked globally for cracking down on Uyghur Muslims. They have been accused of sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and sending members of the community to undergo some form of forcible re-education or indoctrination. Beijing, on the other hand, has vehemently denied that human rights abuses in Xinjiang while reports from journalists, NGOs and former detainees have surfaced, highlighting the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal crackdown on the ethnic community.
Last week, the United States, the UK and Canada had slammed China for human rights violations and abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. The massive human rights violation against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang has become a key point of discussion in the international community as well.