Lutpulla Mutellip: The legendary Uyghur revolutionary and poet
  • Mon, 10/28/2019 - 20:12

 JESSICA AYA HARN
26TH OCTOBER 2019

Lutpulla Mutellip was born in 1922 in Xinjiang province, now modern-day China where the massive detention camps for Muslim minorities are being held. Some reports also claim Mutellip was born in Kazakhstan, although most historians agree that he was raised and went to school in Ghulja, Xinjiang (the Chinese have attempted to rename this Uyghur city as Yining).

Attending a school for mainly Tartars, Mutellip was heavily influenced by Soviet history as well as the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. This most likely strongly encouraged him on his own path of revolutionary acts against the Chinese state later in his tragically short life. Many Uyghurs at the time were closely following Russia as opposed to the tumultuous Chinese government, with many looking towards Russian leader Joseph Stalin as a protector of the Uyghurs as opposed to Sun Yat-Sen (although history would show that Stalin was not the best of protectors).

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