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China: End Violence and Restrictions In Uighur Muslim Areas
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom – http://www.uscirf.gov/news-room/press-releases/china-end-violence-and-restrictions-in-uighur-muslim-areas
“Recent violence in the cities of Hotan and Kashgar has led reportedly to the death of dozens of Uighur Muslim and Han Chinese, the most since June 2009 ethnic clashes in the XUAR. Beijing’s official media described the violence as acts of terrorists fueled by “religious extremism,” points disputed by Uighur groups outside of China. Chinese officials in the XUAR announced yesterday new “high pressure” security measures and stated their intent to show “no mercy” toward anyone pursuing separatism or violence.”
Uighurs and China’s Xinjiang Region
Council on Foreign Relations – http://www.cfr.org/china/uighurs-chinas-xinjiang-region/p16870#p6
“Since the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in 1912, Xinjiang has enjoyed varying degrees of autonomy. Turkic rebels in Xinjiang declared independence in October 1933 and created the Islamic Republic of East Turkistan (also known as the Republic of Uighuristan or the First East Turkistan Republic). The following year, the Republic of China reabsorbed the region. In 1944, factions within Xinjiang again declared independence, this time under the auspices of the Soviet Union, and created the Second East Turkistan Republic.”