Uyghur community in France protests against China’s atrocities in Xinjiang

Uyghur community in France protests against China’s atrocities in Xinjiang

The Uyghur community in France held protests on Monday against reports of mistreatment of their fellow citizens in China’s western Xinjiang region. The protests, organized by the Association des Ouïghours de France, aimed to raise public awareness of the ongoing genocide.

A video of just over 30 minutes, shared by the Association of Uyghurs of France on its Facebook page, showed protesters waving the community’s blue flag and carrying banners with “Terrorist China”. Slogans were also shouted against the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Uyghurs.

Monday’s protests in France come as President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks on several issues, including the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as well as others international and regional issues. According to the Bloomberg news agency, an Elysee official pointed out that Macron and Merkel spoke of the Chinese government’s crackdown on the Uyghur community.

As tensions between the European Union and China increase, the former has accused China of committing human rights violations against Uyghurs, as well as of suppressing the democratic fabric of Hong Kong.

Earlier, dozens of people from the Tibetan, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Uyghur communities demonstrated on June 24 in Place de la Bastille in Paris, France, where they demanded a boycott of the Winter Olympics of next year in Beijing for human rights violations against ethnic groups, ANI reported.

Despite the global provocation, China continues to deny any wrongdoing against the Uyghurs. He has repeatedly denied allegations that ethnic Muslims were forced into internment camps, labor programs and birth control initiatives, Bloomberg reported. However, a United Nations assessment claims that Uyghurs -om tens of thousands to “over a million” have been detained.

(With contributions from the agency)


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