Behind a carefully constructed image as a peaceful movement, a Washington D.C.-based anti-China Uyghur separatist group operated a militia-style gun club that trains with ex-U.S. special forces, an independent news website, The Grayzone, has reported.
An investigation by The Grayzone uncovered that the Uyghur American Association (UAA) operated the right-wing club and have its members drilled in advanced combat techniques with former members of U.S. special forces who also train private mercenaries and active-duty U.S. servicemen, said an article released by the website on March 31.
The UAA's gun-obsessed subculture was on full display when members of the group and its affiliates drove by a gathering against anti-Asian racism in downtown Washington D.C. on March 21, barking anti-China insults at the demonstrators, said The Grayzone.
It said that the UAA members helped inflame anti-Asian resentment by spreading far-right propaganda referring to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus" during the pandemic, and groundlessly claimed that China was waging a "virus war" against the world.
The UAA is a U.S.-affiliate of international anti-China separation network which received millions of dollars of funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, a U.S. government-sponsored entity. The current UAA prescient, Kuzzat Altay, has organized several separatist events in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in recent years, said the website. Enditem