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Uyghurs in Turkey protest against 'genocide' in China's Xinjiang

Hundreds gather in Istanbul as Foreign Minister Wang Yi does vaccine diplomacy in Ankara

Masked Uighur protesters gather near the Chinese consulate-general in Istanbul on Thursday. (Photo by Sinan Tavsan)

ISTANBUL -- The Uyghur diaspora in Turkey marked Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to the country on Thursday with a large protest in Istanbul against Beijing's alleged repression of the Muslim minority in Xinjiang.

Hundreds of people braved chilly weather to rally at Istanbul's Beyazit square as well as near China's consulate-general at gatherings organized by 26 non-government organizations focusing on Uyghur rights.

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