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Protests erupt all over Turkey against Chinese atrocities in Xinjiang


ISTANBUL: Uighur and Turkish NGOs conducted protests in many parts of Turkey on Sunday to protest the Chinese regime’s brutality in the Xinjiang region for the control of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The International Coalition of East Turkestan NGOs led by leader Hidayetullah Oghuzhan organized a large protest and issued a press statement at 2pm local time, in front of the Chinese Consulate in Sariyer, Istanbul. It is estimated that about 1000-1200 people including the elderly, women and children participated in the demonstration.
“…Our Uighur brothers are systematically slaughtered by China….their homes are locked…under the pretext of the pandemic….they are died of hunger and disease…in the fire broke out….our brothers were killed by burning down their houses where they were trapped…”, President of the Turkish NGO Association Turkey Yesevi Alperenler, Kursat Mican said.
Hidayetullah pledged that the Uighurs were willing to sacrifice their bodies and lives for the independence of East Turkestan and that they would continue to fight persistently.
The East Turkestan New Generation Movement, a Turkiye NGO, IHH Young Humanitarian Relief and IDSB-Coalition of Young NGOs of the Muslim/Islamic World Duniyasi Sivil Toplum Kuruluslari Birligi also organized an earlier vigil at the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul. Uighur leader Abdusselam Teklamekan, Muhammed Mematali, who lost four brothers and sisters in the fire in Urumqi, and theologian Ahmet Bulut were among those who spoke.
The Turkish NGO Anadolu Genclik Dernegi (AGD) has also issued a call for protests in different places against China’s atrocities in East Turkestan.
AGD Istanbul branch held another protest and press release at 8:00 pm near the Chinese Consulate in Sariyer district. AGD activists led by Provincial President Mehmet Yaroglu and Uighurs protested against China’s atrocities and genocide.
Bursa AGD local branch held a rally and press release after morning prayers near Bursa Ulucami Mosque. Taha Nargis, Chairman of the University Committee of the AGD Bursa branch, issued a statement and accused the Chinese state of ‘imperialism and murderers’ of carrying out “systematic massacres in East Turkestan”. …our Uighur brothers and sisters and children were martyred without intervening in the fires that broke out recently,” according to the press release.
AGD also held rallies after prayers and spoke to the press in other places including the capital Ankara (near Haji Bayram Veli Mosque), Adiyaman, Balikesir, Corum, Isparta, Kirsehir, Kutahya, Malatya, Mersin, Usak and others.
These protests have become more pronounced following the deaths of several Uighurs in a residential building fire in Urumqi.

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