The ummah (worldwide Muslim community) "responds" to the Muslim revolt in China. Has anyone asked the Muslim Uighurs who were released from GITMO for a statement?
Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen apologized to China's top diplomat in
the Netherlands for the violence by the protesters, mostly members of
the Muslim Uighur ethnic group living in the Netherlands.
"Demonstrating is a basic right, but violence is always unacceptable," Verhagen said.
Verhagen also used his meeting with the diplomat to express his concern at the violence in Xinjiang.
"Unfortunately, information out of the region is very restricted and
transparency is very important in this situation," Verhagen said. He
urged the Chinese to restore communications with the area and allow foreign journalists to work there.
Police arrested 142 demonstrators Monday when they stoned the embassy
and tried to clamber up the railings that surround the building. Most
were released late Monday but police kept 39 in cells overnight.
Police cordoned off the area in front of the embassy Tuesday. Many of the building's front windows were smashed.
Also Tuesday, Uighur [Muslims] and Turkish [Muslims] protesters clashed with police outside
the Chinese Embassy in Turkey and threw eggs at the building.
In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the Dutch
protesters were members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a group
Beijing accuses of having links to al-Qaida. He said the Chinese
consulate in Munich, Germany, also was attacked with a Molotov cocktail
and slightly damaged.
The Dutch protest came after reports that street battles have killed
dozens and injured hundreds in the deadliest ethnic unrest to hit China's western Xinjiang region in decades.
Gheyretjan Rozi of the Dutch Uighur Support Group said Monday's
demonstration was peaceful until protesters saw somebody taking photos
of them from inside the embassy. Rozi said 450-600 Uighurs live in the
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