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Pedro Gonçalves

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Turkey attacks China 'genocide' - 0 views

  • Turkey's prime minister has described ethnic violence in China's Xinjiang region as "a kind of genocide".

    "There is no other way of commenting on this event," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

  • The death toll from the violence there has now risen from 156 to 184, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reports. More than 1,000 people were injured.
  • "The event taking place in China is a kind of genocide," Mr Erdogan told reporters in Turkey's capital, Ankara.

    "There are atrocities there, hundreds of people have been killed and 1,000 hurt. We have difficulty understanding how China's leadership can remain a spectator in the face of these events."

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  • The Turkish premier also urged Beijing to "address the question of human rights and do what is necessary to prosecute the guilty".
  • Mr Erdogan's comments came a day after Turkish Trade and Industry Minister Nihat Ergun urged Turks to boycott Chinese goods.
  • Beijing has so far not publicly commented on Mr Erdogan's criticism.

    But it said that of the 184 people who died, 137 were Han Chinese.

  • Earlier on Friday, the Chinese authorities reimposed a night-time curfew in Urumqi.

    The curfew had been suspended for two days after officials said they had the city under control.

    Mosques in the city were ordered to remain closed on Friday and notices were posted instructing people to stay at home to worship.

  • Meanwhile, the city's main bus station was reported to be crowded with people trying to escape the unrest.

    Extra bus services had been laid on and touts were charging up to five times the normal face price for tickets, AFP news agency said.

    "It is just too risky to stay here. We are scared of the violence," a 23-year-old construction worker from central China said.

Pedro Gonçalves

Q&A: Rebiya Kadeer on China's Uighur Riots | Newsweek International | - 0 views

  • Rebiya Kadeer, an elfin grandmother with gray-tinged pigtails who was released from a Chinese prison in March 2005 and immediately whisked into exile. A former millionaire once praised by Beijing as a model businesswoman, Kadeer now lives near Washington, D.C. She is recognized as the leader of the Uighur exile community and heads the Uyghur American Association and the World Uyghur Congress; both groups receive grants from the bipartisan National Endowment for Democracy funded by the U.S. Congress
  • my family has been a target of Chinese government persecution. Whenever something happens, authorities go after my family. My two sons are in prison. Even my grandchildren have been kicked out of school.
  • You mentioned your two sons in prison. What were they charged with and what are their prison terms?
    In 2006 one was sentenced to seven years and the other to nine years, on charges of tax evasion and separatism, respectively.
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  • And you were arrested in 1999 on charges of revealing state secrets. Is it true that these "secrets" included official newspapers published openly in Xinjiang?
    Yes, it's true. I had state-run newspapers with articles stating the numbers of deaths, arrests, and executions of Uighurs and with printed speeches by leaders saying they needed to "strike hard" against Uighurs. I sent these ordinary newspapers to my husband [who was then overseas]. These were openly available publications.
  • It would be great if the U.S. government could open a consulate in Urumqi. Then it could monitor events on the ground and the Chinese government couldn't just crack down.
Pedro Gonçalves

China flexes muscles in strife-torn Xinjiang | International | Reuters - 0 views

  • The line of troops, armored vehicles and trucks measuring several kilometers and blasting out the propaganda passed for about 25 minutes through Saimachang, the Uighur neighborhood where hundreds of women protested on Tuesday.

    Helicopters flying only a few meters above rooftops scattered propaganda leaflets over the crowd of hundreds who gathered to watch the security forces march by.

  • Sunday's rioters were mostly from the southern part of Xinjiang, the English-language China Daily quoted Adina, the wife of a neurosurgeon at the regional People's Hospital, as saying.

    "They had different accents, wore different clothes, and beat up even Uighur girls who wore short sleeves (for violating fundamentalist customs)," Adina added.

  • Overnight in a Uighur neighborhood near the main bazaar, residents prepared for trouble, readying themselves with clubs.

    One middle-aged woman in a headscarf walked by carrying a machete and a carving knife mounted on a stick.

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  • Down the road, a group of seven Uighur men built a barricade out of planks with broken shards of beer bottles in front.
Pedro Gonçalves

China's Hu skips G8 to deal with Xinjiang riots | International | Reuters - 0 views

  • Along with Tibet, Xinjiang is one of the most politically sensitive regions in China. It is strategically located at the borders of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, has abundant oil reserves and is China's largest natural gas-producing region.

  • But controlling the anger on both sides of the ethnic divide will now make controlling Xinjiang, with its gas reserves and trade and energy ties to central Asia, all the more testing for the ruling Communist Party.
  • Xinjiang has long been a tightly controlled hotbed of ethnic tensions, fostered by an economic gap between many Uighurs and Han Chinese, government controls on religion and culture and an influx of Han migrants who now are the majority in most key cities, including Urumqi. There were attacks in the region before and during last year's Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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  • The government has blamed Sunday's killings on exiled Uighurs seeking independence for their homeland, especially Rebiya Kadeer, a businesswoman and activist now living in exile in the United States.
  • "This was a massive conspiracy by hostile forces at home and abroad, and their goal was precisely to sabotage ethnic unity and provoke ethnic antagonism," the Communist Party boss of Xinjiang, Wang Lequan, said in a speech.
Pedro Gonçalves

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Troops flood into China riot city - 0 views

  • Thousands of security forces have been deployed in the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang region to try to end deadly ethnic clashes.
  • The BBC's Quentin Sommerville, reporting from Urumqi's Uighur neighbourhood, says there are thousands of paramilitary police in the city in a situation he says is martial law in all but name.

  • Reporters from the AFP news agency said they had seen fresh violence on Wednesday, including one attack on a Uighur man by about 20 Han Chinese.
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  • In another incident they said about 200 Uighurs carrying sticks and pipes protested in front of a police cordon.
  • Officials say 156 people - mostly Han Chinese - died in Sunday's violence. Uighur groups say many more have died, claiming 90% of the dead were Uighurs.
  • China's authorities have repeatedly claimed that exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer is stirring up trouble in the region. But she told the BBC she was not responsible for any of the violence.
  • Chinese authorities say the Xinjiang separatists are terrorists with links to al-Qaeda and receive support from outside the country.
Pedro Gonçalves

Xinjiang to adopt curfew in capital city Tuesday night_English_Xinhua - 0 views

  • The city of Urumqi will adopt a curfew Tuesday night to avoid further chaos amid the unrest, said Wang Lequan, secretary of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Tuesday.
Pedro Gonçalves

Tear gas emboldens Xinjiang protesters | International | Reuters - 0 views

  • Riot police on Tuesday fired tear gas to try to break up rock-throwing Han and Uighur protesters who clashed in the capital of China's Muslim region of Xinjiang two days after bloody clashes killed 156 and wounded more than 1,000.

    Hundreds of protesters from China's predominant Han ethnic group, many clutching meat cleavers, metal pipes and wooden clubs, smashed shops owned by Uighurs, a Turkic largely Islamic people who share linguistic and cultural bonds with Central Asia.

  • Along with Tibet, Xinjiang is one of the most politically sensitive regions in China and in both places the government has sought to maintain its grip by controlling religious and cultural life while promising economic growth and prosperity.
  • Xinjiang has long been a hotbed of ethnic tensions, fostered by a yawning economic gap between Uighurs and Han Chinese, government controls on religion and culture and an influx of Han Chinese migrants who now are the majority in most key cities.

    Beijing has poured cash into exploiting Xinjiang's rich oil and gas deposits and consolidating its hold on a strategically vital frontierland that borders Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, but Uighurs say migrant Han are the main beneficiaries.

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  • Ali said three of his brothers and a sister were among 1,434 suspects taken into custody. Of the 156 killed, 27 were women.
  • Police dispersed around 200 people at the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar in southern Xinjiang on Monday evening, Xinhua said.
  • Almost half of Xinjiang's 20 million people are Uighurs, while the population of Urumqi, which lies around 3,300 km (2,000 miles) west of Beijing, is mostly Han.
  • The Chinese embassy in the Netherlands was attacked by exiled pro-Uighur activists who smashed windows, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. China condemned the attack.
Pedro Gonçalves

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Chinese rampage against Uighurs - 0 views

  • Groups of ethnic Han Chinese have marched through the city of Urumqi carrying clubs and machetes, as tension grows between ethnic groups and police.

    Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the Chinese, who said they were protesting against violence carried out by ethnic Muslim Uighurs.

  • Officials say 156 people - mostly ethnic Han Chinese - died in Sunday's violence that erupted when Uighur protesters attacked vehicles before turning on local Han Chinese and battling security forces in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province.
  • More than 1,000 were injured. Uighur groups say many more have died, claiming 90% of the dead were Uighurs
Pedro Gonçalves

The Associated Press: Hundreds of armed Han Chinese march in Urumqi - 0 views

  • Police fired tear gas Tuesday to try to restore order as hundreds of Han Chinese armed with clubs marched through the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi, smashing shops and knocking over food stalls run by Muslims.
  • The city, where rioting and ethnic clashes killed 156 people two days ago, was extremely tense, with security officials breaking up a separate protest by the train station. Also, Muslim women in traditional headscarves faced off with armed Chinese police, wailing for the release of their sons and husbands detained after the riots.
Pedro Gonçalves

China condemns attacks on its foreign missions in Netherlands, Germany_English_Xinhua - 0 views

  • China strongly condemned the attacks on its foreign missions in Netherlands and Germany by Eastern Turkestan "elements" and other unidentified people, a Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday.
  • Qin's comments came as he confirmed that the Chinese Embassy in Netherlands was attacked by Eastern Turkestan groups and a consulate in Munich of Germany by some unidentified people on Monday.
Pedro Gonçalves

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Angry Uighurs defy Chinese police - 0 views

  • New protests have flared in the western Chinese city of Urumqi, two days after more than 150 people died in clashes involving ethnic groups and police.

    About 200 ethnic Uighurs, who are a Muslim minority, faced off against police to protest over the arrest of 1,434 people over Sunday's unrest.

    Groups of ethnic Han Chinese have now armed themselves with batons and stones and have gathered in Urumqi.

  • Witnesses to Sunday's protests said Uighur protesters attacked vehicles before turning on local Han Chinese.
  • The unrest was apparently sparked by a brawl between Uighurs and Han Chinese several weeks earlier in a toy factory thousands of miles away in Guandong province.
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  • Officials say 156 people - mostly ethnic Han Chinese - died in Sunday's violence and more than 1,000 were injured. Uighur groups say many more have died, claiming 90% of the dead were Uighurs.
  • State-run news agency Xinhua also reported a protest in another part of Xinjiang province on Monday, with police breaking up a 200-strong demonstration near a mosque in the city of Kashgar.
  • Witnesses said Uighur protesters tore apart buses and cars with their bare hands on Sunday, and then turned on the local Han Chinese in what appears to have been an ethnic attack.

    Some Chinese were dragged from the windows of buses while others were beaten in their homes.

  • Demonstrators said they had been demanding justice for two Uighurs killed last month in a fight with ethnic Han Chinese at a factory in south-eastern China.
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Death toll in Xinjiang riot rises to 140, still climbing_English_Xinhua - 0 views

  • The death toll has risen to 140 following Sunday night's riot in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the regional government said Monday.
  • At least 828 people were injured in the deadly violence that erupted Sunday night.

        Rioters burned 261 motor vehicles, including 190 buses, at least 10 taxis and two police cars, said Liu.

        As of 9 am, several vehicles were still seen ablaze on Urumqi's streets he said.

Pedro Gonçalves

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Scores killed in China protests - 0 views

  • Violence in China's restive western region of Xinjiang has left at least 140 people dead and more than 800 people injured, state media say.

    Several hundred people were also arrested after a protest turned violent in the city of Urumqi on Sunday.

  • The protest was reportedly prompted by a deadly fight between Uighurs and Han Chinese in southern China last month.

    The BBC's Chris Hogg in Shanghai says that if the numbers of dead are to be believed - and state media say they may rise - this look like the bloodiest violence in China since Tiananmen Square 20 years ago.

  • Uighur exiles said police had fired indiscriminately on a peaceful protest in Urumqi.
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  • The Xinjiang government blamed separatist Uighurs based abroad for orchestrating attacks on ethnic Han Chinese.

    Eyewitnesses said the violence started on Sunday with a few hundred people, and grew to more than 1,000.

  • The Uighurs were reportedly angry over an ethnic clash last month in the city of Shaoguan in southern Guangdong province.

    A man there was said to have posted a message on a local website claiming six boys from Xinjiang had "raped two innocent girls".

    Police said the false claim sparked a vicious brawl between Han and Uighur ethnic groups at a factory. Two Uighurs were killed and 118 people were injured.

  • the Xinjiang government has blamed the latest unrest on businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer, the Uighurs' leader who is living in exile in the United States.

    "An initial investigation showed the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uighur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer," the government said in a statement, according to Xinhua.

    It said the violence had been "instigated and directed from abroad".

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  • The Obama administration has all but abandoned plans to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release to live in the United States, administration officials said yesterday, a decision that reflects bipartisan congressional opposition to admitting such prisoners but complicates efforts to persuade European allies to accept them.
  • Four Uighur detainees, Chinese Muslims who were incarcerated at the U.S. military prison in Cuba for more than seven years, arrived early yesterday in Bermuda, where they will become foreign guest workers. An administration official said the United States is engaged in negotiations with other countries, including Palau, an island nation in the western Pacific, to find places for the remaining 13 Uighurs held at Guantanamo.
  • Congressional Democrats yesterday reached agreement on a war-funding bill that would allow detainees to be sent to the United States for trial. The draft bill included no provision for prolonged detention without trial, a step that President Obama has said will be necessary to incarcerate detainees who are too dangerous to release but who cannot be prosecuted.
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  • Shortly before the announcement of the transfer to Bermuda, Qin Gang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, called the Uighur detainees "terrorist suspects" and insisted they be returned to China. The Obama administration has ruled that out, fearing they could be tortured or executed.
Pedro Gonçalves

BBC NEWS | Americas | Row erupts over Guantanamo deal - 0 views

  • A diplomatic spat has broken out over Bermuda's acceptance of four Chinese Muslim Uighurs released from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

    Britain has told Bermuda, which is one of its overseas territories, it should have consulted London before agreeing to resettle the Uighurs.

  • Beijing has demanded the return of all Uighurs held by the US forces to China.
  • The four who were sent to Bermuda were part of a group of 17 Uighurs still at Guantanamo.

    Earlier in the week the Pacific island of Palau had also agreed to take the detainees.

Pedro Gonçalves

BBC NEWS | Americas | China demands US return Uighurs - 0 views

  • China has demanded the return of 17 Chinese Muslim Uighur detainees held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay.

    America should "stop handing over terrorist suspects to any third country," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said.

    Palau, a former US Pacific territory which does not recognise China, has agreed to accept the ethnic Uighurs.

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BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Palau to take Guantanamo Uighurs - 0 views

  • The Pacific nation of Palau says it has agreed to a US request to temporarily resettle up to 17 Chinese Muslims.

    The 17 men are ethnic Uighurs, now being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre on Cuba,

  • Palau, a former US trust territory, grants diplomatic recognition to Taiwan, not China.
  • Palau, with a population of about 20,000, is an archipelago of eight main islands plus more than 250 islets that is best known for diving and tourism and is located some 800 km (500 miles) east of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean.
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  • Australia has already twice rejected US appeals to resettle the Uighurs.
  • Palau has retained close ties with the United States since independence in 1994 when it signed a Free Compact of Association with the US. It relies heavily on the US for aid and defence.
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