Re-Education Camp #32, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Commandant Chen Jiang stared at his computer screen, fuming with rage.
“Does someone care to explain this to me?” he spat, looking up at his staff. They stood at attention, eyes forward, unmoving.
Lieutenant Zhao took a deep breath and spoke. “It’s an imam, sir. He’s calling for jihad against the Chinese Communist Party. He claims the Party is forcing Muslim Uyghurs into apostasy.”
“I get that, lieutenant. I can read,” Chen muttered, running a hand over his face. He looked at the screen again, saw the Twitter feed of Imam Abbar al-Abadi, speaking for a new jihadist movement, the Sons of the Liberating Sword. “What I don’t understand is how he has footage from inside our camp.”
On the Twitter feed, a video was playing on loop. It showed Uyghur prisoners getting strapped to iron chairs, chained at the wrists and hung in the air. The execution of three prisoners gave the film a vague punctuation, an ellipsis of rifle shot, pop-pop-pop…