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Tiananmen Square dissident warns Uighur militancy on the rise

Militancy is on the rise in China among Uighurs driven to despair over Beijing's "terrorist colonisation", Wu'er Kaixi, a Uighur exiled after his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has warned. Wu'er -- who spoke after two high-profile incidents outside Xinjiang, the vast, nominally autonomous western region that is home to the Muslim ethnic minority -- pointed the finger of blame for the unrest squarely at Beijing.

China to crack down on videos, audios promoting terrorism

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will crack down on videos and audio recordings that promote terrorism, religious extremism and separatism, the government said on Monday. The notice, published by judicial, cultural and public security organs, said it is forbidden to spread such video and audio recordings on the web, via mobile phone, on social media and online marketplaces, among other means.

Xinjiang attacker who killed policeman shot dead: China govt

An attacker was shot dead after fatally assaulting a policeman in China's restive far western region of Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, the government said Wednesday. The attacker, armed with unspecified "weapons", targeted the officer in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi on Monday, the ministry of public security said on its verified account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter. The policeman was injured in the fight and died later, it said, while the assailant was shot dead by police reinforcements.

Militant Islamist group backs China station attack

A militant Islamist group has voiced support for a mass stabbing at a Chinese railway station that killed 29 people, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organisations, said Tuesday. The Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video online about the March 1 attack at Kunming railway station in the southwestern province of Yunnan. It described the assault as an "expensive offer" to Beijing to reconsider its "cruel" policies in Xinjiang, the far western Chinese region home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, SITE said.

China says too soon to say if Thai trafficking victims Uighur

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Monday that it was too soon to say if a group of about 200 people rescued by police from a human smuggling camp in southern Thailand were Uighurs from China's restive far western region of Xinjiang. Thai police sources told Reuters that the people were believed to be Uighurs, a Muslim people who speak a Turkic language, many of whom chafe at Chinese restrictions on their culture and religion.

Thailand sentences suspected Uighur asylum seekers

Thailand on Saturday sentenced dozens of asylum seekers thought to be from China's Uighur minority for illegal entry, an official said, despite a US appeal for their protection. About 120 adults among the group were fined 4,000 baht ($124) each by a court in southern Thailand, according to police, who said they were waiting to identify the families before deciding their fate. The men will be detained by immigration and the women and children will be taken to a shelter, Police Major General Thatchai Pitaneelaboot said by telephone.

US urges Thailand to protect 'Uighur' asylum seekers

The United States on Friday urged Thailand to protect some 200 asylum seekers who are reportedly from China's Uighur minority, after police said they discovered them at a secret camp. Thai police said Thursday that they discovered the families in a raid in the kingdom's deep south and that the asylum seekers, who appeared to be preparing to head elsewhere, said they were Turkish. US broadcaster Radio Free Asia, quoting relatives, said that the asylum seekers were actually Uighurs -- a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim group from China's northwestern Xinjiang region.

Three dead in China knife attack, terror ruled out

Attackers armed with knives killed three people in China Friday, an official said, ruling out terrorism two weeks after a mass stabbing blamed on Xinjiang militants left 29 people dead and stunned the nation. "Three people died," an official in Changsha, the capital of central Hunan province, told AFP by phone. "I can assure you it's not a terror attack. It happened in a market due to some dispute."

China says to work with Afghanistan to fight terrorism

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Saturday that it will work with Afghanistan to fight terrorism, after it blamed a deadly train station attack on extremists from its western Xinjiang region, which shares a short border with the war-torn nation. Beijing has become increasingly concerned about security in restive Xinjiang, where it says Muslim extremists receive help from militants in neighboring countries.

Uighur leader fears China's 'iron fist' after knife attack

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Chinese authorities are likely to further crack down on dissent in the restive Xinjiang region after a bloody train station knife attack that Beijing blames on militants, an exiled Uighur leader said on Tuesday. China says separatists from the far western region launched the attack last Saturday, killing at least 29 people and wounding about 140. Police shot dead four of the assailants.
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