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     Mar 6, '14

China's Uyghurs fear Kunming backlash
By Radio Free Asia

China's mostly Muslim Uyghur minority could face a further backlash of discrimination in the wake of the Kunming railway station killings as the authorities tighten security restrictions based on ethnic profiling, an official from the troubled northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has warned.

Mutalif Obul, commissioner of Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture, was quoted saying Wednesday in a state-run daily that Chinese cities had stepped up measures targeting Uyghurs on the basis of their ethnicity following the Saturday stabbing that left 33 dead in what authorities have labeled a "terror attack" carried out by Uyghur separatists.

"But I hope authorities will also consider the feeling of the Xinjiang

people," Obul was reported saying by the official English-language China Daily newspaper, referring to the Turkic-speaking Uyghur group.

"Finding employment outside the region may become difficult for Xinjiang people after the attack, but, hopefully, that will be just a short-term problem," he said.

His warning of discrimination based on ethnicity - which is indicated on all Chinese identity cards - was borne out by reports from the southwestern city of Guilin, where a guesthouse owner said police had issued orders to local businesses to single out Uyghurs for special restrictions. More ...

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