Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Thu 23, Jan 2020 01:16 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
Photo News
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
CTA rebukes clause to recognize ‘One China policy’ as Myanmar-China signs OBOR agreement
University of Maryland announces termination of its Confucius Institute
FIR registered as motorcycles set on fire in McLoed Ganj, probe underway
US Congress confirms 2020 funding for Tibet
Taiwanese man pretending to be a Tibetan Lama sentenced for Rape
Former Minister Gyari Dolma announces running for Sikyong elections in 2021
A project for an Academic institute of Buddhist Studies is underway, Says His Holiness
12 Tibetans sentenced in Sog for “attempting to spread the evil influence of religion”
Prague and Taipei finally sign the “sister agreement”, Beijing’s disapproval follows
China sees human rights as an existential threat: HRW annual report
 Latest Photo News
Shrutika Sharma from Nainital, Uttrakhand, wins the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2019, seen with her are first runners up Shalika Rana and second runners up Sapna Devi. Oct. 13, 2019 Phayu Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Nearly 3000 Students from eight countries listened to teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Three day annual teachings for youth began today. June 3, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being escorted to the teaching site at Tsuglakhang temple, May 13, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
After Tibet, protests reported in China's Xinjiang
Reuters[Wednesday, April 02, 2008 14:46]
BEIJING - As many as 1,000 or more members of China's Muslim ethnic Uighur minority staged protests in the restive region of Xinjiang last week and a local government administration said some were carrying separatist flags.

The unrest in the western city of Hetian, also known as Khotan, came about a week after monk-led marches in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, devolved into a citywide anti-Chinese riot, and as sporadic protests erupted in other Tibetan populated areas.

It also follows what Chinese authorities say was a failed attempt by Xinjiang separatists to blow up a plane in mid-air on March 7, and coincides with China making security a top priority ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August that have become a lightning rod for human rights and other activists.

China blames the exiled Dalai Lama, whom it labels a separatist, for stirring up the Lhasa violence in which it says 19 people died. The Tibet government-in-exile says around 140 people died.

More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered in Hetian, which is populated mostly by Turkic-speaking ethnic Uighurs, on March 23-24, said Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, an exile group based in Germany that seeks independence for the region.

Most were female and sought more religious freedom in the mostly Muslim region, he said. Some had also protested against young Uighur women being forced into labour elsewhere in China without legal guarantees.

The Web site of the Hetian city government, www.xjht.gov.cn, confirmed there had been a "disturbance", but blamed it on a unspecified supporters of what China calls the "Three Forces" -- ethnic separatism, religious extremism and terrorism.

"A tiny minority of 'Three Forces' elements tried to instigate the masses in the Hetian bazaar," the Web site said.

Some "held flags inciting separatism, gathered in the market and caused a ruckus, and planned to incite and dupe the masses into causing trouble and creating an effect", it said.

Police stopped the disturbance and were handling the "Three Forces elements" according to law, it added, without saying exactly how many people participated or were detained.

Raxit said about 500 people were held.

U.S. government-supported Radio Free Asia also reported a few hundred people were taken into custody after several hundred people gathered in Hetian and a nearby area to protest against the death in custody of a prominent Uighur jade trader and philanthropist.

The protesters also demanded an end to an official bid to ban head scarves and seek greater autonomy, the end of the use of torture and the release all political prisoners, it quoted sources as saying.

Xinjiang is home to 8 million Muslim Uighurs, many of whom resent the growing presence and economic grip of Han Chinese. The oil-rich region borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.

(Reporting by John Ruwitch and Guo Shipeng; Editing by Alex Richardson)
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Comox Valley rallies behind protesting Tibetans
Paulson urges China to have dialogue on Tibet
Tibetans Protest at Chinese Embassy in Nepal
Dalai Lama appeals for continued support to end crackdown in Tibet
A timely question Rudd should raise
Rep. forms Tibetan Caucus, reiterates Olympic boycott
Exile Tibet radio claims China steps up jamming of news broadcasts
US official to raise Tibet concerns
After Tibet, protests reported in China's Xinjiang
Aamir Khan says he will carry Olympic torch not for China but with a prayer for Tibet
Tibetan Protests Linger Amid Armed Police Presence in Western China
Chinese get one news source on Tibet
SF condemns China's human rights record
Tourism on hold in post-riot Tibet
Tibet ripples reach Valley
Olympics aren't improving rights in China: Amnesty
People of Many Faiths and Cultures Gather to Support Tibetans
Photo Galleries
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2020 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online