East Turkestan: China Fabricates Terror Plots
Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer accuses
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An exiled leader of
"It's completely untrue. All these allegations are falsified," Rebiya Kadeer, now living in the
"It seems that the Chinese government has one goal, which is to create this scenario of terrorism, and produce a terrorist action itself so that it can blame the Uighur people," the head of the Uyghur American Association said.
On Sunday [9 March 2008] Chinese officials announced that they had foiled two alleged plots originating in the vast western region Xinjiang, home of the Muslim Uighur community, but they revealed very few details.
Xinjiang in northwestern
Uighurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims with a language and culture distinct from the majority Han Chinese
Xinjiang is officially an autonomous region and is rich in natural resources
Many Uighurs resent the growing Han presence in the region, as well as government controls on religion and culture
Officials said the other alleged plot involved passengers attempting to crash a Chinese airliner flying from
The aircraft was diverted to the city of
But Kadeer said "if there were Uighur separatists on board, the Chinese authorities would have paraded them immediately and punished them severely".
"It is shameful of the Chinese government," she said. "The real goal of the Chinese government is to organise a terrorist attack so that it can increase its crackdown on the Uighur people."
'Open to question'
The government's failure to provide details and evidence has fuelled speculation among human right group that it was overstating the security threat to justify tough measures against opponents.
"Without evidence, their claims are open to question," he said.
Many experts say the threat of a terror attack on the Beijing Games is low and the International Olympic Committee has said it believes "the Chinese authorities are thorough and professional in their handling of security measures and precautions".
Chinese Olympic organisers themselves voiced confidence about security arrangements on Monday.
"An efficient Olympic security command system is in place," Sun Weide, a spokesman for the organising committee, said. "We're confident of holding a peaceful and safe Olympic Games."
Kadeer, 61, said she was seeking talks with the White House and the
She was jailed in 1999 in
After much international pressure she was released in March 2005 and allowed into exile in the
Beijing has expressed anger about the Uighur leader's activities while in exile and was incensed when George Bush, the US president, met her in June  on the margins of a conference of political dissidents in the Czech Republic.