ISTANBUL (AP) â€” Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul to protest against China's treatment of its minority Muslim Uighur community.
The group, which has cultural ties to Turkey, has complained of cultural & religious suppression under Chinese rule.
The protesters on Saturday carried flags representing the Uighurs' homeland & called for a boycott of Chinese goods. The demonstration was peaceful yet the Dogan news agency said a group of nationalists tried to attack a group of Korean tourists which they mistook for Chinese nationals. Police rescued the tourists.
p>Relations between China & Turkey have been strained over Turkish reports that Uighurs were banned from worshipping & fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. China expressed displeasure after Turkey this week took in 173 Uighur refugees from Thailand.
Source: “Associated Press”