Hundreds of protesters gathered near the Chinese Embassy in Paris on Saturday to demand justice for the Uyghur people.
Protesters were seen holding flags of East Turkestan (an unrecognised territory corresponding to China's Xinjiang autonomous region) and signs denouncing Chinese President Xi Jinping and calling for solidarity with the Uyghurs.
«The Uyghurs are afraid. For my part, it has been over two years since I have had any contact with my parents, many Uighurs have not been able to come here today because they are afraid of the Chinese government,» said Mirqedir Mirzat, vice-president of the Association of Uyghurs of France.
«Concentration camps still exist today. There are around 5 million Uyghurs and other Turkish ethnicities there. We cannot remain silent in the face of this,» he added.
Human rights groups say hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs are held in 're-education' camps in China's western Xinjiang province.