Some people, usually not informed about the nature and scale of oppression and cultural genocide waged by China’s regime against Tibetans, recoil from analogies between the terrorism inflicted by the Chinese state and the atrocities engineered by Nazi-Germany. At face value of course such a comparison may seem misplaced, however look a little deeper and there are some disturbing parallels, forced labor-camps, the industrialization of executions with mobile death vans and regarding the issue of forced sterilizations China has gone way beyond the insane dreams of Himmler and the SS and administers a state run program that targets countless millions of women.
China’s regime also shares a similar psychosis in that it is inherently racist and considers Han Chinese as ultimately superior to Tibetans or other peoples whose freedom and culture it viciously denies. Another feature, found in both the Nationalist Socialist Party Of Germany and the Chinese Communist Party, is the central role played by propaganda to sway public opinion and reinforce party ideology.
Most recently, as reported by the BBC the Chinese authorities have released a poster campaign targeting the dangers of ‘terrorism’ (not sure if we should cry or laugh at the irony at work there) that seeks to manipulate people into seeing Uyghurs and Islam as the great enemy.
We have all been here before, the depiction of ‘others’ as something less than human, not to be trusted and feared has a depressingly familiar and fascistic ring to it!