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Manchester protest for Uighurs

by Tony Harper
Issue No. 2161

The Manchester protest (Pic: Tony Harper)

The Manchester protest (Pic: Tony Harper)

Around 30 people took part in a lively protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Manchester last week.

The protest was called by supporters of the “Free East Turkistan” campaign against the recent brutal attacks and killings carried out by the Chinese state.

Campaign organiser Omar Abdullah explained, “Xinjiang province, which we call East Turkistan, is home to about 18 million Muslim Uyghur

Turkic. We have been suffering vicious political and religious persecution and ethnic discrimination.”

Students in July took to the streets in their thousands to protest against the government’s handling of a mob attack on Uighur workers a week earlier in Shaoguan, when dozens were killed and over 300 injured.

Omar added, “The response of the authorities was excessive, killing an estimated 400 Uighurs.”

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Tue 21 Jul 2009, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2161
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