Canada’s Uyghurs Respond to Chinese Crackdown

Uyghur-Canadians are banding together to protest the recent crackdown by Chinese authorities on demonstrations in their homeland, events that have been an “awakening” for the tiny community. Nearly all of the Toronto 120 Uyghurs demonstrated outside the Chinese consulate in Toronto while another 30 of Alberta’s Uyghurs gathered at the Chinese consulate in Calgary. The Toronto group was joined by a few dozen supporters, mostly from the region’s Turkish community. The Uyghurs are a Muslim people of Turkic descent who have a long history in a part of northwestern China bordered by Mongolia and Kazakhstan in the north and India in the south.

French daily newspaper Libération charts a similar response of 50 Uyghurs who protested in Paris.