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Thousands rally for China Uighurs

July 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

More than 5,000 ethnic Uighurs rallied in Kazakhstan's largest city to protest China's use of deadly force to quash Uighur protests this month.

The show of solidarity was the largest in any of the former Soviet republics -- home to a half-million Uighurs -- since the July 5 violence in China's Xinjiang region that authorities say claimed almost 200 lives.

"We have come out to protest today because of the events of July 5 and because the Chinese authorities are continuing to deprive people of their human rights," said Khakhriman Khozhamberdi, a Uighur activist in Kazakhstan.

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