Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 31

According to yesterday’s issue of Golos Vostochnogo Turkestana, Uighur demonstrators clashed with Chinese army and police February 3-5 in Yining town, situated close to Kazakstan in China’s Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region. The newspaper cited casualty estimates of 70 killed and hundreds of wounded on both sides. Some 550 Uighurs were arrested, Yining is under martial law, and Xinjiang has been closed to foreigners, according to the account. The protests erupted after a group of young Uighurs were publicly executed by the Chinese authorities. Last month Beijing had announced the execution of a group of Uighurs, three of whom were accused of having blown up a car in front of the military administration building in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi. (Itar-Tass, February 12). The newspaper is published by Uighur circles in Kazakstan, which is home to an Uighur minority and also harbors Uighur refugees from Xinjiang.

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