Recently we observe obvious similarities between policies followed by Beijing and Paris. Both governments share a common fear, hatred and discriminative approach towards their relative Muslim minorities. Both France and China use “fight against fundamentalism” as an excuse for their oppressive policies.
French Muslim community have come under intense pressure, particularly after Samuel Petty was assassinated by a Chechen immigrant and three people were stabbed to death in a church.
“We will not give up caricature and painting”, “Our citizens are waiting for our action,” Emmanuel Macron defended secular values after the assassination of Samuel Petty.
The French president’s remarks drew criticism. Protests erupted across the Muslim world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for example, strongly criticized the “emergence of Islamophobia in the West” and called for a ban on French products.
China fears that ethnic groups associated with a territory or culture may claim independence. The most obvious case is Muslim Uyghur Turks of Easter Turkistan. France, like other Europeans, use Muslim minority as escape goat.
According to the French law, no suspect should be charged before a thorough investigation. So here is the main question: Isn’t French oppression of Muslim in the name of secularism as illegitimate as Chinese oppression in the name of communism?
This question should be sincerely replied by French citizens: Has not Macron’s Islamophobic policies intensified anti-Islamic sentiment in France? Is closing mosques, charitable institutions and persecuting prominent Muslim figures a democratic method?
Let’s put aside ideologies: What are the differences between the methods followed by France and China? Is Mocron planning to engrave anti-Islam sentiment in the hearts of the French? Will brushing the entire Islamic community with the bold brush of radicalism and extremism help France and Europe in the long term?
“Liberté, égalité, fraternité”. You are not ready for fraternity. Fine. Egalite is under question. We understand it. What about liberty? Isn’t it the time for the French to honestly think if democratic values do exist or not!
Is there democracy in France?
Are human rights respected in France?
Is there such a thing as religious freedom in France?
Democracy, human rights, freedom of religion are among the values of France’s own secularism, so why are these not observed against the Muslims?
In China, where communism is ruling, the ruling Communist Party has for years suppressed Uyghur Muslims extensively and placed millions in camps with physical and psychological abuse. When Europeans look at China; they say “Taaah! That’s ‘communism’!”.
What about looking into the mirror!
Dear Parisians! Has not the time come?