Thursday, November 28, 2019

Volkswagen: Running Factory amid Chinese Concentration Camps ‘Based Purely on Economics’ - Breitbart News Network

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Volkswagen: Running Factory amid Chinese Concentration Camps ‘Based Purely on Economics’


The German auto giant, Volkswagen, has come under fire for its business operations in Xinjiang, China, a region which is home to the largest internment of minorities in ‘concentration camps’ since the Second World War.

Volkswagen, which has a factory in Xinjiang’s capital city, Urumqi, defended its presence in the region by saying that the decision was “based purely on economics” expecting “further economic growth in the region over the coming years.”
report from the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung contradicts Volkswagen’s economic claims, saying that VW’s factory in Xinjiang is actually operating at a loss so that the carmaker can curry favour with the Chinese Communist Pary in order to secure future contracts.
The same report said that the factory has close ties with the Chinese People’s Armed Police, a paramilitary group believed to be heavily involved in the internment camps.`
On the working conditions inside the Xinjiang factory, Volkswagen told DW: “We do not assume any of our employees are forced labourers.”
The revelations have drawn comparisons to Volkswagen’s past.  The auto company used concentration camp victims and prisoners of war for slave labour in its factories during the Nazi Germany era.
This week a series of documents were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) detailing the scope of the internment camps in Xinjiang, believed to be currently interning between 1 and 3 million prisoners from ethnic minority groups in China, mostly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities common in the region, like Kazakhs and Kyrgyz people.
The documents describe an Orwellian surveillance system installed by the Chinese Communist Party that uses “predictive policing,” locking up those suspected before any crime has been committed. Behaviours deemed to be “suspicious” include travelling, praying, or using apps not monitored by Beijing censors.
The leaked documents also back up claims by survivors of the camps, who have reported that prisoners are subjected to torturerapeforced sterilisation, and organ harvesting.
One woman said that “young girls are taken out and raped all night long. If you keep resisting, they will inject you with something and kill you.”
“The authorities put a helmet-like thing on my head, and each time I was electrocuted, my whole body would shake violently and I would feel the pain in my veins”, said another survivor.
The document leak has ramped up pressure on Germany, which did hundreds of billions in trade with China last year, making it one of Germany’s top trading partners.

There are some 5,200 German companies with approximately 1 million employees operating in the communist state.

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