Mesut Özil Criticizes Muslim’s Silence Over Uighurs. Arsenal distanced himself from comments on Instagram by Mesut Özil, in which he strongly opposed China’s repression of the Uyghur community in Xinjiang’s northwest region and criticized Muslims for not doing more to highlight the issue.
The club tried to minimize any harm to its business in China, where it has various commercial interests including a restaurant chain, by issuing a statement on Weibo–a leading Chinese social media site–as well as other outlets emphasizing that it is apolitical and does not agree with Özil’s views.
“As far as Mesut Özil’s remarks on social media are concerned, Arsenal will make a clear statement,” he wrote. “The published content is a personal opinion of Özil. As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the tradition of not engaging in politics.
“Özil added his voice to the wave of international outrage over the treatment of the Uighurs, a Turkish-speaking Muslim minority who were subjected to the Chinese authorities ‘ campaign of religious and ethnic persecution.
About 10 million people live in Xinjiang and there are reports that in recent years more than a million people have been held in detention camps.
Özil’s post had recorded a scope of the issues confronting Uighurs in China, blaming different Muslims for remaining quiet regarding the matter.
His Instagram message read: “East Turkistan, the draining injury of the Ummah, opposing against the persecutors attempting to isolate them from their religion.
They consume their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They boycott their schools. They execute their blessed men. The men are constrained into camps and their families are compelled to live with Chinese men. The ladies are compelled to wed Chinese men.
“However, Muslims are quiet. They won’t make a commotion. They have relinquished them. Don’t they realize that giving assent for oppression is abuse itself?”
Özil has not become involved in social and political issues for the first time. His support for Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, caused controversy, and in 2018 he was widely criticized after posing for a photograph with him. Also at Özil’s wedding in June, Erdogan was the best man.
Özil is the second Arsenal player to directly air political views on social media in as many days as possible. Héctor Bellerín tweeted on Thursday, with polls open for the general election: “Young people around the world have an opportunity to change what the future can be.
This is the time for all British people to affect what holds the future and those who live here. #FuckBoris #GoVote. “There was no response from the club on that occasion. News report on Mesut Özil Criticizes Muslim’s Silence Over Uighurs.