Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on Chinese officials Friday to end the genocide that was being committed in China’s Xinjiang province, reported Reuters.
Erdogan, Reuters reported, said, “The incidents in China are, simply put, a genocide. There’s no point in interpreting this otherwise.”
Erdogan added, “We’re having trouble understanding how the Chinese government would remain a bystander to this.”
China’s President Hu Jintao said Thursday that local authorities were to “isolate and deal a blow to the small group” responsible for the attacks, which led to the deaths of 156 people and injuries of more than 1,000, reported the Washington Post.
The BBC reported that a curfew had been reissued in the “western Chinese city of Urumqi.”
Hu Jintao said that “preserving and maintaining the overall stability of Xinjiang is currently the most urgent task,” reported the Washington Post.
Reuters also reported that Turkey’s Industry Minister called on citizens to boycott goods from China to protest the violence in Xinjiang, “but a spokesman said this was the minister’s personal view and not [the] government[‘s] policy.”