'The Situation Was a Powder Keg. So They Prepared.'

A photo posted to the WeChat account of the Xinjiang Judicial Administration shows Uyghur detainees listening to a 'de-radicalization' speech at a re-education camp in Hotan prefecture's Lop county, April 2017.  Wikipedia

By Tony Perkins
November 19, 2019

It's one of the most disturbing and elaborate cover-ups every attempted: millions of innocent people "vanishing" in the Chinese night. How do you explain to students coming home for a school break that they're parents are missing -- locked away in a Uyghur concentration camp, never to return? Simple. According to pages of leaked documents from deep within the Chinese communist state, you lie.

Louisa Greve on leaked files from the Chinese government exposing the mass detention of Uyghurs

It was a "powder keg," Chinese officials worried. Countless students boarding planes and airplanes to come home to their families, only to find empty houses. "So," the New York Times explains, "they prepared." A top-secret, 400-page guide was distributed by authorities on how to "handle [students'] anguished questions, beginning with the most obvious -- 'Where is my family?'"

Louisa Greve, director of global advocacy for the Uyghur Human Rights Project, had a hard time reading through it all. "It's really very chilling," she told listeners of Monday's "Washington Watch." "There are detailed scripts because local officials would be facing distraught teenagers... If they ask, did my parents commit any crime? The officials were told to say, 'No... However, they were infected with a religious disease and need to be re-educated.' And the scripts go much further. They basically threaten these young people. 'If you stay quiet, it will be better for your family.'"

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