Indian Muslims protest China’s detention of Uighurs

Mumbai: About 150 Muslims have protested in Mumbai, the financial capital, to demand that China stop detaining thousands of minority Uighur Muslims in camps and political indoctrination centres, in its Xinjiang region.

The protesters chanted “down with China” as they demonstrated outside a mosque after Friday noon prayers.

An organiser, Mohammad Saeed Nori, accused China of detaining many Muslims in camps and “snatching their religious freedom.”

China has tightened restrictions over the instruction of Islam and the Uighur language, in an effort to assimilate the minority group into the Chinese mainstream, which is dominated by the Han ethnic group.

It says the process will bring economic benefits to Xinjiang’s poor people.

China has denied operating the camps and said it is taking necessary measures to fight terrorism, religious extremism and separatism.

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