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Huge protest in Turkey for Uighurs Muslims


6404_1CC Desk: Burnt Chinese flags, attacks on Chinese restaurants, alleged attacks on tourists who were mistaken for being Chinese and protests across the country.

For the last 10 days anti-Chinese sentiment has been on the rise in Turkey.

Turkish Muslims and Uighurs from the far western region of China share ethnicity and have close cultural and religious ties.

The protests started following reports that Uighurs in China had been banned from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

Muslims worldwide observe Ramadan, when the faithful abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.
Turkish supporters of Chinese Uighurs have been spurred by reports of Ramadan controls in Xinjiang

“Our people have been saddened over the news that Uighur Turks have been banned from fasting or carrying out other religious duties in the Xinjiang region,” Turkey’s foreign ministry said in a statement last week.

In response, China said it fully respects the freedom of Muslim religious beliefs and the accusations that religious rites had been banned in Xinjiang this Ramadan were “completely at odds with the facts” and exaggerated by the western media.

It said: “No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe in religion or no religion. They may not discriminate against religious citizens and non-religious citizens.”

Cihan Yavuz’s Chinese restaurant, Happy China, was attacked by an angry mob in Istanbul last week.

“People are scared to come here, scared of another attack,” he said.

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