SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Friday, 10 July, 2015
Turkish anti-Chinese demonstrators stormed the Thai consulate in
Istanbul in protest at the deportation by Bangkok of dozens of Uygur
Muslims to China, as diplomatic tensions flared on Thursday in an
increasingly combustible controversy.
The attack was the latest in a series of nationalist-tinted protests
in Turkey during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan over China's
treatment of the Turkic-speaking, largely Muslim Uygurs in the
northwestern Xinjiang region.
Nine people were arrested after the action at the consulate building
in Istanbul late on Wednesday organised by a group calling itself East
Turkestan Education Association, the Dogan news agency reported.
They broke down the doors to the building, pulled down the sign
outside and damaged the furnishings inside, television footage showed.
The Thai flag was pulled down as the building was also pelted with
stones. Files were flung outside while a man was seen battering a window
down with a post.
Shocked consulate workers returned to the office yesterday to find
their workplace upturned, with broken glass and debris littering the
Thailand said it had deported around 100 Uygur Muslims detained in
the kingdom since last year to China, in a move sparking fears for their