Uyghur community holds protests in Turkey against the Chinese government

28 November, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Activists in Turkey turned out in force last week to support the Uyghur minority in China's Xinjiang province, whose members were killed in a residential building fire in Urumqi.

Activists in Turkey turned out in force last week to support the Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang province, whose members were killed in a residential building fire in Urumqi.

According to media reports, Uyghur activists staged a protest in Istanbul around 2:00 a.m. on November 26 outside the iconic Hagia Sophia mosque, where Uyghurs had assembled despite the cold, shivering winter. Several hundred activists, including Uyghur organisations.

However, the speakers stated that Chinese officials did not allow building inhabitants to leave because of rigorous Covid-19 rules despite the blazing fire. They urged the international community to speak out against the Chinese regime. The congregation also prayed for the victims of the fire.

Over 1000 people joined a massive demonstration and press release near the Chinese Consulate in Istanbul’s Sariyer area. The International Union of East Turkestan NGOs, led by Hidayetullah Oghuzhan, Chairman of the East Turkestan Maarif Society, issued the protest call.