Saturday, December 14, 2019

An Arsenal star criticized the Chinese detention camps. Fury soon followed.

BEIJING - German football star Mesut Özil is the last international sports celebrity to be at the center of controversy over China's radical policies, causing fury among Chinese internet users by denouncing the mass detention of Muslims in the country.

Mr. Özil, who is of Turkish origin and plays for Arsenal, an English Premier League club, adopted one of China's most sensitive policies with his comments on Friday on the Uyghurs, a largely Muslim Turkish minority in Xinjiang, in northwest of China.

Chinese authorities have detained up to a million Uighurs, and perhaps more, in indoctrination camps designed to significantly weaken their commitment to Islam. The internments have attracted international anger and led to legislation in the United States Congress, which could impose sanctions on Chinese officials for detentions, which China says aims to deter terrorism.

“They closed their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. Men are forced to enter camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men, "read identical articles on Mr. Özil's website. Twitter and Instagram accounts, according to a translation of The Guardian.


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