DC Uyghur restaurant owner: ‘These Olympics are Genocide Olympics’

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Uyghur restaurant owner Hamid Kerim said he couldn’t watch the Olympics because it reminded him of his brother and sister-in-law who are imprisoned in his home in Xinjiang.

“If I look at this Olympic, in my eyes I can see my brothers, my sister, my nation and my homeland. His very difficult life in prison. A very difficult life in a camp, a very difficult life in a labor factory- cheap labor. So I can’t watch this Olympics,” Kerim told Fox News.

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The 2022 Olympics in Beijing have been boycotted by Uyghurs and human rights activists for granting legitimacy to China despite its persecution of ethnic minorities. The genocide against Uyghurs in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang has been ongoing since 2017, according to a 2020 report released by the State Department.

Dolan Uyghur restaurant owner Hamid Kerim speaks with Fox News Digital.
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Dolan Uyghur restaurant owner Hamid Kerim speaks with Fox News Digital.

Kerim said: “The CCP never respects Uyghurs, never respects Uyghur culture, never respects human rights of Uyghurs. So I think these Olympics are Genocide Olympics, they are not normal Olympics.”

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“These Olympics are like Nazi Germany’s 1936 Olympics,” Kerim said, “Because now the CCP is accusing the Uighur people of genocide, killing the Uighur people, killing the culture of the Uighur people.”

Kerim moved to the United States in 2017 after friends told him the government was imprisoning people in his home in Xinjiang, which he calls East Turkestan.

“I lost my old business, an old business in my homeland. I start everything, I have to start all over again. First thing, I have to learn English to start my new life in this country and 2018 I opened the first Dolan Uyghur restaurant in DC,” he told Fox News.

Since opening the Dolan Uyghur restaurant in 2018, Kerim has opened a second location in Virginia. His dream is to open a Uyghur restaurant in all 50 states, he told Fox News.

Karim (center) at his former company in Xinjiang.

Karim (center) at his former company in Xinjiang.

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Kerim said, “My brother said, good luck. Please give your children a good education and the United States,” but a few months later, his brother and sister-in-law were both imprisoned.

In this 2018 photo, a guard tower and barbed wire fences surround a facility at the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux, in western China's Xinjiang region.  An Australian think tank says China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where Muslim minorities are being targeted in a campaign of forced assimilation.  (AP)

In this 2018 photo, a guard tower and barbed wire fences surround a facility at the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux, in western China’s Xinjiang region. An Australian think tank says China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where Muslim minorities are being targeted in a campaign of forced assimilation. (AP)

The government sentenced Kerim’s brother to 20 years in prison and his wife to 7 years in prison and the couple’s 3 children are currently being cared for by Kerim’s 76-year-old mother, according to the restaurant owner.

Kerim said: “It’s very terrible, but it concerns only one family. But in East Turkestan there are millions of identical problems, the same problems.”

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Professors, religious leaders, businessmen and other successful Uyghurs are being targeted because of their Turkish ethnicity, Kerim told Fox News.

“Every day I think about it because I miss my mother, I miss my brother, my sister, I miss my friend and my homeland,” he added.

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