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Man accused of spying on Uighurs for China

AFP · 9 Apr 2011, 09:48

Published: 09 Apr 2011 09:48 GMT+02:00

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The man is believed to have passed on information about Uighurs living in the southern city of Munich, home to the world's biggest Uighur diaspora, from at least April 2008 until October 2009, federal prosecutors said.

"Until October 2009 he regularly gave information about members and organisations either by phone or in meetings with his intelligence contacts," prosecutors claimed.

The man, who has not been named, was charged on February 7.

China's roughly eight million Turkic-speaking Uighurs have long complained of religious, political and cultural oppression by Chinese authorities – which China denies – and tensions have simmered in the Xinjiang region for years.

China says it faces a serious terrorist threat from Muslim separatists in Xinjiang, but rights groups have accused Beijing of exaggerating the threat in order to justify tight controls in the vast region.

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Fierce clashes in Xinjiang in July 2009 between the local Muslim Uighur community and China's majority Han ethnic group left nearly 200 dead and more than 1,700 injured, according to an official toll.

Xinjiang authorities cut off the internet during the unrest and for 10 months afterwards, alleging it was being used by instigators to foment violence. Press freedom groups say access remains severely restricted.

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12:32 April 9, 2011 by way2cool
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15:20 April 9, 2011 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Don't worry, Germany does plenty of spying of it's own on the Uighurs. The no-no here is that an agent of the PRC was doing it.
18:45 April 9, 2011 by bailey550
If you haven't been to Xinjiang, you shouldn't compare the abuses some Muslims have made in the name of their religion with what's going on in Xinjiang. Like in Tibet, the Chinese have taken over an area that is not Chinese but has, guess what, lots of natural resources that the Chinese want. The Chinese have moved in lots of Han to take over the area and wipe out the Uighur culture, just like in Tibet. So it's not the same. They are not extremists but just trying to get their country back before China invaded.
19:28 April 9, 2011 by way2cool
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00:04 April 10, 2011 by trash head
> You should worry about the German culture and European cultures that going to be wiped out instead of the Uighurs'!

Which drugs?
10:07 April 10, 2011 by wood artist

I think your analogy is flawed, in a couple of different ways.

First, while EU citizens are free to move about, I suspect that if, for example, a whole bunch of "Dutch" decided to move into NRW, and then proceeded to attempt to make part of Holland, enforce Dutch laws, etc, the local German population might have some concerns.

Also, the territory which was home to the indigenous Uighur population was not traditionally a part of "China." As bailey550 observed, the Chinese also took over Tibet, and then tried to force the local population to "become" Chinese. Same story again.

This isn't like, for example, Poland...where the territory has been a part of several different countries over the years, in addition to being independent. The world recognizes the boundaries of Poland (finally) but the countries that China has claimed are somehow different. Why? Well, because the Chinese say they are!

12:41 April 10, 2011 by way2cool
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15:11 April 10, 2011 by Laowaiblog
That is a very serious accusation, and Germany better have proof of this man's allegedly wrong doings. With Germany, as opposed to China, you can expect a serious and meaningful process of investigation, so if this man is found guilty, he most probably is.

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