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robert237 Post time: 2014-5-7 11:51
""Uighurs have no opportunity to voice their feelings and wishes.""
So their mouths are sewn shut? ...
"MUST SPEAK MANDARIN, NO HALAL FOOD"
China vehemently denies that Uighurs are unfairly marginalised, and says it is addressing underdevelopment and lack of jobs in heavily Uighur areas such as southern Xinjiang.
In February, the government said it would pump an extra 61.66 billion yuan ($10.17 billion) into the region this year to improve housing and employment.
The latest plan is to add 800,000 textile industry jobs in a region that grows more than half of the country's cotton.
But that may do little to address Uighur resentment if many of the jobs are filled by imported Han labour.
Overt discrimination in job advertisements has become rarer in recent years, but activists say it persists.
Where some ads might once have openly discouraged Uighurs from applying, now it is not uncommon for them to make more subtle demands for native Chinese language skills, or to remind applicants that onsite lunch options do not include halal fare.
One Uighur from Urumqi, who asked not to be identified, said he had been rejected for a marketing position by an electronics company that cited the extra administrative burden of hiring Uighurs, which he said included special registration procedures and filing monthly reports to the public security bureau.
"They said if they wanted to hire me they would have a lot of extra work and they were worried about the hassle," the 24-year-old man with fluent Chinese told Reuters. "It's not like this thing has only happened once or twice. It's happened to me before and my girlfriend has had this problem before."
At a recent auto show at Urumqi's new exhibition centre, few Uighurs came to inspect the new Audis, Volkswagens, Fords and Nissans. Visitors had to pass through two rounds of bag searches and metal detectors while armed police patrolled the grounds.
An Long, a Han university student working part-time as a car salesman, was frank about the gap between Han and Uighur.
"Why are there so few Uighurs here?" he said. "Because they can't afford to buy the cars." ($1 = 6.2455 Chinese Yuan)
.............................who are the terrorists in this story?
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