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Tesla Accused of ‘Economic Support for Genocide’ After Opening Showroom in Xinjiang

Tesla Accused of ‘Economic Support for Genocide’ After Opening Showroom in Xinjiang

Tesla Accused of ‘Economic Support for Genocide’ After Opening Showroom in Xinjiang

BY ERIN BRADY
04 January 2021

Activists are decrying a recent decision by Tesla to open a showroom in a Chinese city accused of human rights violations.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations urged Tesla and its chairman, Elon Musk, to close a newly opened showroom in the city of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. The group urged the company to “cease what amounts to economic support for genocide” in a statement.

Xinjiang has been accused of violating the human rights of Uyghur Muslim citizens, including forcing them into labor camps. The state and the Chinese government as a whole have denied these allegations.

“No American corporation should be doing business in a region that is the focal point of a campaign of genocide targeting a religious and ethnic minority,” said Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director of CAIR.

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