Kyrgyzstan Goes After Its Uighurs

by Joshua Foust on 8/10/2009 · 4 comments

These people just can’t get a break.

Kyrgyzstan’s police detained two Uighur community leaders after they accused China of “state terrorism” at a rally on Monday and called for an independent investigation of last month’s clashes in neighbouring Xinjiang.

About 500 Uighurs gathered at a building on the outskirts of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek with photographs posted to the walls showing what they said was abuse of their kinfolk in China.

The pictures portrayed people being beaten up and held at gunpoint as well as unconscious or dead people lying in the streets.

There are rumors the Uighur protesters were forced to disperse even though they had gathered in a private chaikhana, or teahouse. While the Kyrgyz ombudsman Tursunbek Akun has secured their release, that doesn’t make the intimidation any less real. Message received: protesting China’s policies in Kyrgyzstan gets one thrown into prison.

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Turgai Sangar August 11, 2009 at 3:20 am

Message received2: once again, it is clear that like under Akayev Kyrgyzstan’s kafir establishment is the prostitute and lackey of the great powers (even though they themselves and European diplotwats would call that ‘multivectoral policy’ I guess).

Noah August 11, 2009 at 8:32 am

Akayev? The guy who teaches math at Moscow University? That Akayev?

Turgai Sangar August 11, 2009 at 11:05 am

Who else?

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