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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Uighur leader claims 10,000 'disappeared' in Urumqi unrest.

Some 10,000 people "disappeared" at the hands of the Chinese government during ethnic unrest in the city of Urumqi in July, claimed Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer , speaking from Japan. Beijing accuses Kadeer of instigating the unrest


T h e U i g h u r s of The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous R e g i o n of C h i n a,

Chinese Population According to the 1990 census:

Nationality Population Percentage
Uighurs 7,200,000 45%
Han 6,885,000 43%
Tajiks 33,000 .2%
Salar 3,000 .02%
Kazakhs 1,100,000 6.8%
Uzbeks 15,000 .09%
Russians 3,000 .02%
Hui 600,000 3.8%
Yellow Uighurs 11,000 .07%
Boan 300 .001%
Kyrgyz 150,000 .1%
Tibetans 5,000 .03%
Other non-Chinese 9,000 .06%
Ethnic Manchus 90,000 5.6%
Tartars 5,000 .3%
Dongxiang 40,000 .25%
Dawani 5,000 .3%

(Aitbayev, 1997)

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