Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Abduhelil Abdumegit: Victim of China's Brutality
For Immediate Release:
Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Abdulelil Abdumegit: Victim of China's Brutality
Recently reported from Amnesty International and confirmed by the
Chinese government was the death of Abdulelil Abdumegit. Abdulelil
had been incarcerated since February 1997 for his part in a peaceful
demonstration in Ghulja City.
Known by friends and associates as a quiet, peaceful person that
advocated non-violence, Abdulelil Abdumegit was a community activist
that worked in his community against drugs and alcohol abuse that
threatens an entire generation of Eastern Turkestani youth. His death
leaves his wife, children and the entire nation in shock, for if a
man may not try to make positive changes in his community through
peaceful methods, what do the people of Eastern Turkestan have left?
The circumstances surrounding Abdulelil's death remain in doubt. The
Chinese government submits that his death was due to illness, but
other evidence indicates beatings and tortures caused his early
death. Why, for instance, was his family not permitted to view the
body or visit the grave?
A memorial candlelight vigil to the memory of Abdulelil Abdumegit and
his peaceful quest for change will be held on November 11, 2000 in
front of the main gate of Florida Splendid China theme park in
Kissimmee, Florida starting at 6PM.
Florida Splendid China is owned and operated by the State Council of
the People's Republic of China as a propaganda theme park. The
exhibits representing the people of Eastern Turkestan, Tibet and
Inner Mongolia incorrectly assert that these once sovereign nations
have been 'Chinese since ancient times' and distort history.
Jack Churchward, Coordinator
Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda
Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda is a group of dedicated volunteers who are against the inclusion of 'minority' and religious exhibits at the Chinese Communist Party owned and operated Florida Splendid China theme park in Kissimmee, Florida. Specifically, we are protesting the inclusion of the Potala Palace that was built by the Tibetan people and served as the home of successive Dalai Lamas since 1645, the Id Gah Mosque and Tomb of Abakh Hoja which serve as cultural icons of the people of Eastern Turkestan and the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Yurt exhibit which attempt to add a Chinese name to the Southern Mongolian people.