Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Indonesians protest at Chinese embassy

Indonesian Muslims called for "holy war" and briefly clashed with security guards during a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Jakarta in support of China's minority Muslim Uighurs.

Several dozen protesters from a coalition of Islamist groups shouted calls for jihad or "holy war" to help Muslims in China's northwest, where unrest between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese has left more than 180 people dead.

They carried banners reading "Stop the genocide of Muslims in Xinjiang", "China is communist, racist and fascist" and "Jihad for Muslim Uighurs".

Similar rallies were held in other cities in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation of about 234 million people.

Xinjiang's Uighurs complain of repressive Chinese rule, grievances the government says are baseless.

Channel News Asia has the full story