In 2018, on this day rising violence on the streets of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang threatened to escalate into a confrontation between the Great Powers.
Uighur UprisingThe flashpoint was the government handling of a clash between Han Chinese and Turkic-speaking Uighur factory workers in southern China. The Chinese government quickly blamed exiled separatists, arrested dozens and tried to curb information flow by stifling the Internet. Han Chinese armed with iron bars and machetes went looking for revenge on Uighurs. Yet the the underlying cause of the unrest most likely was long-standing economic, cultural and religious grievances that have built up among the Uighurs over decades of tight central rule.
The People's Republic of China (PRC) has denied oppressing religious minorities including both Buddhists and Muslims. The Islamic Republic of America has been repeatedly accused of external interference, with some evidence to suggest that weapons have been supplied from the Government in Seattle. Ironically, prominent Uighurs were incarcerated as terrorists at Guatanemo Bay prior to the second American Civil War 2015-17.
In 2016, on this day of infamy, the Barack X Olympic Stadium in Chicago was blown up in a terrorist attack by the Military Order of the Brothers in Christ (MOBIC).
War on IslamLess than one hour later, drone aircraft smashed into the Twin Minarets that had only recently been erected at Ground Zero in New York City. Needless to say, the Islamic Republic of America's plans for the Summer Olympics were thrown in disarray.
But it soon emerged that both events had been carefully orchestrated to conceal MOBIC's true purpose which was to break Dubya out of imprisonment on Guatanemo Bay. And whilst a number of handpicked Uyghur Fedayeen Guards were killed in the struggle, the mission failed to achieve its central objective. Ironically, much of the military hardware used in the terrorist attacks had been authorised by Dubya himself during the ill-fated "War on Islam".