Originally Published by Voice of America, 05 July 2010
By William Ide
Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Uyghur Congress (file photo)
Uighur rights groups and activists rallied here in Washington on Monday to mark the one year anniversary of China’s worst ethnic violence in decades, which occurred in the remote western region of Xinjiang, and to protest what they say is China’s repression of Uighurs, the regions largest ethnic minority group. VOA’s William Ide in Washington has more.
Dozens of Uighurs and activists rallied outside the Chinese embassy to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in last year’s violence.
Arafat Dilshat, a Uighur supporter, was among those who participated in the rally.
“Over 1,600 people died,” said Arafat Dilshat. “They were known as Uighurs, so we’re holding this protest today to remember all of those – our people, our brothers, sisters, family members – who died that day.”