Most of these Uyghur bloggers doing the dirty work of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are young university students, and almost all are women. They usually recreate idyllic scenes of life in local communities where the ethnic minorities live. However, they alternate these picturesque audiovisuals with CCP propaganda, sometimes word for word.
The aesthetic intention of these communist hordes is to give a strong image of the country’s outward policies. The CCP knows that it has committed crimes against humanity, and its xenophobia against the Uyghur minority has a very high cost on a global level, yet it seeks a positive image in the eyes of international public opinion.
To this end, it uses very elaborate propaganda techniques and a herd of young people from these communities, who have been indoctrinated in “re-education” programs and say and think what the Communist Party wants. They are the adulterated image of the reality of internment camps such as Sankan, in Urumqi, the capital of Xianjiang.
There are several examples of the aesthetic makeup work done by the red propaganda. A video constructed frame by frame by the communist stage designers, caught the attention of international experts in social networks. It is a minute arrangement of scenery, which completely responds to the CCP’s interests.
In the video, a young Uyghur woman moves among the goodness of a white-colored and neatly-toned call shop, enjoying a pleasant conversation in front of the camera on an excellently arranged table. Her clothes betray an exquisite taste for fashion and also incorporates a charismatic audiovisual language. The young woman is not more than 20 years old and speaks Mandarin, which denotes her university education.
Anniguli, as she calls herself on camera, enjoys chatting with the viewer from a Shanghai hotel, and tells us that she is studying visual arts, thus introducing us to her pleasant conversation.
A bottle of high quality red wine and Western cutlery are on the table, then the camera pans to a fast-food carton with the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics logo on it. Anniguli comments with a Mona Lisa smile, “I’m much more interested in studying and earning money,” she says, referring to the response the Han boy got when he approached her.
All this film montage responds to the CCP’s propaganda against the Western boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which was launched by the international community when the systematic violations of human rights and the existence of internment camps in Xinjiang became known.
This unleashed glamour is also driven by the demands of a market of negative values, where envy, lies, crime, and manipulation are imposed as currency. Anniguli, in her 746 videos, does not promote branded clothing or beauty products, she is simply an amplifier of the narrative of the CCP and its inter-ethnic marriage program in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Nazi Germany’s propaganda made up the reality of concentration camps
Breitenau was the first Nazi concentration camp to open its gates to repress ethnic and ideological minorities.
By 1940 it was already a den of torture—inhumane experiments, the rape of women, and death. Breitenau, however, has the unfortunate history of being the concentration camp chosen by the Nazis as a propaganda showcase. It allowed them to circumvent the obstacles of the periodic visits by the International Red Cross.
This den of human misery, where thousands died daily in its crematorium ovens, had neat stages built for the occasion. The chosen prisoners were fed and dressed appropriately so that they could smile, like Anniguli, in front of the cameras of foreign visitors who were interested in the situation of ethnic minorities.
1.8 million Uyghurs from the Xinjiang continue to suffer inhumane experiments, reminiscent of the Nazi genocide
Torture, experiments with unknown drugs that subdue victims, gang rapes of women, and extrajudicial killings are a daily reality in internment camps in Xinjiang, where the Uyghur minority is decimated by the CCP.
Gulbahar Jalilova, a Kazakh trader, detained from May 2017 to 2018, in Xinjiang, for the crime of terrorism, told The Sankei Shimbun, in Paris, that she was raped by Chinese army guards, “They stripped us naked without warning and we were humiliated, they made us feel ashamed of our bodies as Muslims.” She added, “Some women were injected with substances that stopped their menstrual cycle.”
Jalilova also claims that all Islamic conversations and prayers were forbidden under threat of torture. In these “re-education” camps, she said, “Daily praises to the Chinese Communist Party were the daily bread we were forced to sing.”
Jalilova had been traveling from Kazakhstan to Urumqi for work for 20 years. However, in May 2017, she was stopped at her regular hotel by three policemen, who transferred her to Sankan, a former concentration camp. There the interrogators told her that she had financed terrorism, and accused her of having transferred $1,800 to “terrorist” accounts.
When she denied everything, she was beaten and her passport seized. After lengthy negotiations with an international committee concerned with the persecution of the Uyghur minority, she obtained a humanitarian visa to France and escaped.
Weibo, Xigua and Haokan are CCP propaganda platforms
In a June 2021 study, Western experts on social networks in China, collected over 2,600 videos from 2018, and showed that in 500 of them, young Uyghurs have been creating propaganda in favor of interethnic marriage.
It was found that official bloggers can safely travel around the Xinjiang, and film without censorship.
These influencers receive funding from the platforms according to the visits and number of subscribers, which allows a comfortable life, in 2021. Twelve of them gathered on a beach in China to enjoy the tourist environment, and upload videos related to the false lives of young Uyghurs.
For example, in Anniguli’s case, she promotes the image of Uyghur woman that the Party recognizes. In one of the 2020 videos, she is seen with other girls promoting interethnic marriage. Her target audience is Han men, so she says, “How to win the heart of a Uyghur girl.”
And she speaks in terms of freedom of love, noting her openness to dating and marrying Chinese men, one of Beijing’s strongest policies.
In the fall of 2021, Anniguli stopped uploading videos to social media platforms. This has drawn the attention of the general public following the U.S. progress in denouncing the “re-education” camps in Xinjiang. Experts following the issue think Anniguli may have been a victim of CCP indoctrination to hide its crimes.