"Kazakhstan - for the Kazakhs!"; “We must put everyone in their place, we live in our own country!”; "It's time to dump!"; “State language is a worthy place” - these and other messages have long and mercilessly exploited in the information field of Kazakhstan. National patriots, Slavophiles, etc. Those who “use” the national theme were joined by journalists, the opposition, which is doubtfully trying to prove that the government cannot rule 120 ethnic groups. In other words, on the national theme, it’s not a lazy PR. This polyphony is picked up by the media, mainly the Kazakh-language press.
And this is understandable - conflicts are always a rating. Moreover, the broadcast of kitchen conversations will always be in demand, the more radical they are, the greater the demand. And it looks like freedom of speech, like courage, dulling sense of danger. And the danger is near. This is confirmed by the article "Uigurs Shelek:" The state is yours, and our land is "Yerganat Uralbayev, published in the opposition newspaper Freedom of Speech." Kazakhstan did not know such resonance from the printed word for a long time. The article described the events of November last year in the village of Shelek: the conflict between the Uigur and Kazakh youth. According to the author of the article, it was an inter-ethnic massacre, which indicates that Kazakhstan is far from peace and harmony. The most interesting thing is that nobody particularly noticed this opposition thesis. We noticed provocative details that the Uygur youth allegedly beat the Kazakhs on the “one-to-one” principle, urinated on the defeated, while the Kazakh did not touch the women and children of their opponents. What was really not clear.
Could the author have foreseen that the article would reach the Parliament, would cause thousands of aggressively militant comments on the Internet? Rumor has it that now groups of Kazakh youths are catching Uigurs and beating them.
How did the authorities react? Shelek - is silent and shrugs - there were no inter-ethnic wars, just drunken fought. Astana, having moved eyebrows, investigates, national-patriots urge to put the Uighurs into place, finding out at the same time why the Uighurs suddenly consider the Kazakh land theirs. The media also joined this chorus, not only violating professional ethics, but also provoking a further escalation of the conflict. Is there courage in this? Hardly.
It is noteworthy that the unwritten Kazakh-Russian confrontation very quickly turned into a Kazakh-Uygur one. Perhaps, someone needed to turn a latent aggression on an ethnic group deprived of their country, throwing a reason. Perhaps everything happened spontaneously. But the Kazakh-Uigu conflict, if you can call it that, continues to be number one in Kazakhstan. And, unfortunately, journalists continue to use a dangerous topic, not illuminating, but throwing out emotions and personal preferences.