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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Uighur Defiance

It was an act of bravery and defiance that was spread around the world at lightning speed by journalists visiting the riot zone: the lone woman hobbling on her crutch towards ranks of paramilitary police, their armoured vehicles retreating as she approached, shaking her fist.

In her tiny basement home in a filthy, crowded tenement yesterday, the mother of two wiped away a tear with the brown and cream headscarf that she was wearing when she faced down China’s security forces.

All she wanted, she told The Times, was the return of her husband and four brothers, who had been rounded up by the authorities and taken away to a detention centre.

link: Tursun Gul, symbol of Uighur defiance: I just want my husband back - Times Online


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