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Activist says China cracks down on ethnic Uighurs

Activist says China cracks down on ethnic Uighurs

An exiled Chinese activist says China has responded to popular uprisings against governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya by cracking down on its Uighur ethnic minority.
U.S.-based Rebiya Kadeer is visiting Australia at the invitation of two lawmakers despite objections from China, which denounces her as a separatist.
The 65-year-old business woman said through an interpreter that the recent overthrow of Middle Eastern governments "sent shock waves through the Chinese leadership that people's patience could run out."
She said Wednesday China had responded with a security crackdown that made the western cities of Kashgar and Urumqi resemble war zones with soldiers searching homes and rounding up members of her Turkic-speaking Muslim minority.


Updated : 2021-07-24 23:45 GMT+08:00