lørdag 2. mai 2020

Xinjiang Authorities Construct Parking Lot Atop Historic Uyghur Cemetery

A cemetery considered sacred by Uyghurs that was razed by authorities last year in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has been paved over and turned into a car park, according to an expert on Uyghur history. “Last year, the Chinese government destroyed the central Uyghur graveyard and sacred shrine in [Hotan],” Rian Thum, a professor of history at the University of Nottingham in Britain, said in a post to Twitter on April 28. “We can now see part of what they have put in its place: a parking lot.”

Thum posted a time lapse view of the Sultanim Cemetery, in central Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) city, based on satellite imagery from Google Earth, which shows grave plots being gradually being plowed over with dirt beginning in 2019 and a parking lot being erected in the western portion of the site.