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Tesla activists call for China showroom closure
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Activists are calling on Tesla CEO Elon Musk to scrap a new showroom that recently opened in China's Xinjiang region due to the government's alleged human rights abuses against mostly Muslim ethnic minorities.
"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," CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said in a statement. "Elon Musk and Tesla must close this new showroom and cease what amounts to economic support for genocide."
The Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said, along with foreign governments, about 1 million Uyghurs and members of other mostly Muslim minorities have been confined in detention camps in Xinjiang. Chinese officials reject accusations of abuses and say the camps are for job training and to combat extremism.
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The showroom opening in Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital, was reportedly announced by Tesla on Friday.
"On the last day of 2021, we meet in Xinjiang. In 2022, let us launch Xinjiang on its electric journey together," the automaker posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Journal noted that Tesla's announcement included photos of the opening, which featured traditional Chinese lion dances and people posing with signs reading "Tesla (heart) Xinjiang."
A Tesla spokesperson did not immediately return FOX Business' request for comment.
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China is one of Tesla's biggest markets. The company's first factory outside the United States opened in Shanghai in 2019.
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