Exiled Uighur leader urges Beijing not to demonise group
Published on Mar 4, 2014 3:55 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - An exiled Uighur rights leader on Tuesday urged China against "demonising" the ethnic group after a deadly attack for which officials have blamed separatists from the western region of Xinjiang.
Machete-wielding assailants clad in black slashed scores of people at a railway station in the south-western city of Kunming late Saturday, killing 29 and wounding 143.
The Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly condemned the violence and its exiled president Rebiya Kadeer appealed to Beijing not to crack down on the minority.
"At this time of heightened tensions, it is important the Chinese government deal with the incident rationally and not set about demonising the Uighur people as state enemies," she said in a statement.
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