‘Think of your family’: China threatens European citizens over Xinjiang protests

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Uighurs living in Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, and France have complained of intimidation by Beijing

Thu 17 Oct 2019 00.44 BST Benjamin Haas in Munich @haasbenjamin

Demonstrators holding Uighur flags in Berlin before a meeting between German chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images

Two days after Abdujelil Emet sat in the public gallery of Germany’s parliament during a hearing on human rights, he received a phone call from his sister for the first time in three years. But the call from Xinjiang, in western China, was anything but a joyous family chat. It was made at the direction of Chinese security officers, part of a campaign by Beijing to silence criticism of policies that have seen more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities detained in internment camps. Emet said:

I will not keep my silence and the Chinese government should not use my family to threaten me, I was clear with them on the phone: if they harm my family, I will speak out louder and become a bigger problem for the government.

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Source: The Guardian

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