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Police and protesters clash at Hong Kong rally in support of China’s Uighurs

The protest was attended by several hundred people.

People wearing masks stand during a rally in Hong Kong to show support for the Uighurs and their fight for human rights (Lee Jin-man/AP)
People wearing masks stand during a rally in Hong Kong to show support for the Uighurs and their fight for human rights (Lee Jin-man/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Clashes have broken out between Hong Kong police and protesters at a rally in support of China’s Uighur minority.

Police arrested two protesters who were attempting to burn a Chinese flag at the rally on Sunday, which was attended by several hundred people.

Some protesters were holding signs emblazoned with the blue and white flag of the independence movement in the northwestern Chinese territory of Xinjiang.

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Riot police arrest protesters during the rally (Lee Jin-man/AP)

China has been accused of a mass crackdown against Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, with reports of millions of people being held in heavily secured, prison-like camps.

Chinese diplomats have claimed that China holds no political prisoners and insist the centres provide vocational education as a bulwark against religious extremism.

Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, has been in the grip of a pro-democracy movement for the past six months, with many protesters finding common cause with human rights movements elsewhere in China and beyond.

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