US teen's denunciation of China's Uighur repression on TikTok goes viral
Photo of a young girl with banner a that says: "Muslim youth is awake". EFE/Akhtar Soomro/File
New York, Nov 27 (efe-epa).- A US teen has become the latest to denounce China's repression of its Muslim Uighur minority on the social networks after she posted a "fake make-up tutorial" on TikTok in which she harshly criticized Beijing for its actions.
The New Jersey resident, Feroza Aziz, said that the popular Chinese social app had suspended her account for denouncing the internment camps China maintains in its far-western Xinjiang province whereupon she transferred her videos to Twitter, where she defines herself as "a Muslim trying to spread awareness" about the issue.
She has already received millions of views of her series of videos, starting with one lasting 40-seconds which she introduces as a tutorial on eyelash-curling but after a few seconds she begins listing abuses committed by Chinese authorities against Uighurs, who are Muslim.
On the video, she urges viewers to "use your phone ... to search up what's happening in China," adding that China is "throwing innocent Muslims ... (into) concentration camps" and saying that families are being separated, Muslims are being kidnapped, raped, murdered and forced to consume pork and alcohol, as well as to convert to other religions.
She also claimed that TikTok has banned her from posting anything on the Chinese-owned app for a month, but TikTok announced to the media that it had suspended her account because she had uploaded a video about the former head of Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
"This is another Holocaust, yet no one is talking about it," Aziz said on the video.
Assorted human rights groups and experts say that more than a million Uighurs and members of other Muslim minorities have been incarcerated without trial in a network of detention camps in Xinjiang.
Beijing originally denied that any such camps existed, but now it calls them vocational training centers designed to reeducate actual or potential Uighur separatists to deter them from launching attacks.
On Sunday, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published details of Chinese government documents leaked to it regarding the Uighur detention camps. China's envoy to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming, has claimed - however - that the documents are merely "fake news."
The Consortium says that the camps constitute the largest internment of a religious ethnic minority since World War II.
US lawmakers have expressed their concern over the influence of TikTok in the United States in recent months and earlier this month, the US government opened a national security investigation into the owner of TikTok, ByteDance, and its purchase of Musical.ly, which just merged with the app.