Islamic world must be indifferent to Chinese events: Turkish minister of religion

Politics Materials 9 July 2009 18:16 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 9 / Trend R. Khafizoglu /

Islamic world and world community must not remain indifferent to Chinese events, Turkish minister of religion Ali Bardakoglu said.

"Islamic world and world community must not be indifferent to Chinese events," Bardakoglu told Trend over phone from Ankara on July 9. 

As a result of disorders in Urumchi city of administrative center of Sintszan-Uygur autonomous region, 156 people died on July 6. Demonstrators fired cars, removed barriers of police and broke buses. According to last information of law enforcement agencies, 156 people died, 816 wounded. It was reported that three civilians and one policeman died in clashes. People protesting in Urumchi expressed anxiety concerning death of two Uygurs during clashes between employees of toy factory in Guandun province one of these days.  

As to conflict between Uygur and Chinese living in Sintszan-Uygur autonomous region, Turkish Prime-Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that violence against Uygurs must be ceased. Actions of protests are held in many cities and provinces of Turkey. Several NGOs call for boycotting Chinese goods.

Turkey is worried by state of Uygur Turks, minister of religion said.

"Unfortunately, we can not do anything except observing events occurred in China," minister said.

Bardakoglu said that the international organizations for human rights protection and standing against racism and nationalism are indifferent to China. 

"I hope that world community and Islamic world will express their attitude towards Chinese events. Stability will be restored in Sintszan," minister of religion said.

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