Uyghurs Around The World Mark Anniversary of Violent 2009 Crackdown

Uyghurs Around The World Mark Anniversary of Violent 2009 Crackdown

Uyghur groups around the world have held protests to mark the 12th anniversary of a violent crackdown on Uyghurs by Chinese authorities in the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Andrew H. Sweet

According to China's official figures, 200 people were killed, and 1,700 were injured in the three-day rampage of violence that began on July 5, 2009, in Urumqi between ethnic minority Uyghurs and Han Chinese, though Uyghur rights groups claim the numbers are much higher.

On the anniversary of the violent unrest in Urumqi, more than 200 Uyghurs, including many young people who came to the United States as children, held an anti-China protest in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met via videoconference with seven Uyghur internment camp survivors, advocates, and relatives of people detained in the XUAR to hear directly from them about abuses against the minority group.

The Uyghur Japanese Association organized a protest in Shinjuku, a central ward of Tokyo, with the participation of not only Uyghurs living in Japan but also Japanese citizens, Mongolians, and Hong Kong residents.

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