Uighurs in Kazakhstan Rally Against China Crackdown

From the Reuters:

Thousands of ethnic Uighurs rallied in the Kazakhstan city of Almaty on Sunday to protest against a crackdown against Uighurs in the neighbouring Chinese region of Xinjiang.

Around 5,000 Uighurs, including women wearing white scarves as a sign of mourning, gathered in a Soviet-era congress hall in Kazakhstan’s biggest city to express their anger at China’s crackdown in its northwestern Muslim region.

“Freedom to Uighurstan!” shouted the crowd after a minute’s silence, shaking fists and waving blue flags with white crescents symbolising the Uighur independence movement.

In Xinjiang’s worst ethnic unrest in decades, Uighurs staged protests in the regional capital Urumqi on July 5 after a clash at a factory in south China in June left two Uighurs dead.

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