Satellite images show Uighur cemeteries in Xinjiang torn down for Chinese roads, malls, and high-rises

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/17
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A retired Indian Army colonel asserts that based on satellite imagery, the Chinese government is not only oppressing its living ethnic Uighur citizens in internment camps, but it will not even allow the dead to rest in peace as it bulldozes Muslim cemeteries to make way for developments.

On the Indian news site ThePrint, Colonel Vinayak Bhat says that comparisons between satellite images from 2002 and 2019 show systematic destruction of Uighur cemeteries and mass exhumations of corpses to make way for roads, military training grounds, malls, ecological parks, and high-rises. Bhat says that this process has been going on for many years, but it accelerated after the July 2009 riots in Xinjiang's capital city of Urumqi.

Bhat's article focused on the fate of three cemeteries in the Tengri Tagh area of Urumqi City. Two of the grave sites have completely vanished, while a third is slated for demolition soon.

The 825-acre northern cemetery has been razed and converted into the Dongshan Ecological Park. Meanwhile, the southwest section of the former cemetery appears to have been taken over by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to serve as a training facility, based on evidence of infantry drills from satellite photos.    [FULL  STORY]