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Chinese Students Should Boycott Auckland University
Activist to speak at university after all
Rebiya Kadeer, 62, the prominent human rights advocate and leader of the Uyghur people, is of course welcome to speak anywhere in the world. Maori know only too well the full meaning and extent of oppression by an occupying military regime, disguised as civilian.
Rebiya Kadeer, 62,is a prominent Uyghur political activist from the northwest region of Xinjiang in China. She was elected the president of the World Uyghur Congress in November 2006. Living in exile in the United States, Kadeer has been active in defending the rights of the largely Muslim Uyghur minority, who she says are systematically oppressed by the Chinese government.
Rebiya Kadeer’s meeting had originally been canceled after the Auckland university refused to allow the Greens book a lecture theater on grounds of “security concerns.” Now a two-bit law lecturer, David Williams, says the Uighur activist’s voice must be heard and, accordingly, he has booked a classroom for the her to deliver a speech tomorrow.
New Zealand establishment loves political activists like Ms Kadeer because they can hide behind her democratic credentials. It’s no irony therefore as to why so much fuss is being made to use her as a free-speech showcase, while at the same time systematically suppressing Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. This is nothing short of being super farcical. We are talking about a police state that sends in the paratroopers and paramilitary police to break up a gathering of a dozen people, only to criminalize them.
Overnight, they become the protector of free speech! No wonder they love Ms Kadeer so much. She is an enabler, and they are shamelessly using her political credentials to claim “normalcy” in this country. Poor Ms Kadeer. She has absolutely no idea how they are using her.
What hypocrisy, what double standards!
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