East Turkestan: Protest Marks Massacre
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Dozens of exiled Uighur Muslims have protested outside
Protesters waved Uighur flags and chanted slogans calling on
Human rights group say hundreds, possibly thousands, were killed and injured when police broke up a demonstration in the city of
Speaking at Monday's protest, Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled Uighur leader, said
"Ten years have passed but the Chinese authorities have still not accounted for the innocent lives lost and those missing following the Gulja massacre," she said.
"What is worse is
Kadeer, formerly a successful Xinjiang-based businesswoman, was jailed by
She was released into exile in the
She has accused
According to Amnesty International, hundreds if not thousands of people were killed or seriously injured in the Gulja crackdown after police moved to break up a peaceful demonstration by Uighurs in the city.
T. Kumar, Amnesty’s Asia-Pacific advocacy director, said many of those arrested were beaten and tortured, and dozens remain unaccounted for.
"No-one has been held accountable to this massacre and we are calling on the international community to take steps to investigate this abuse and other abuses against the Uighurs," he told AFP.
Xinjiang had a brief period of independence in the 1940s as the
Since the early 1990s there have been a spate of small-scale attacks blamed on violent Uighur separatist groups.
But Uighur activists such as Rebiya Kadeer says such attacks come from only a tiny minority and most Uighurs want simply to have the right to practice their religions and customs freely.