Turkiye detains six for allegedly spying on Uyghurs for Beijing

by Anne Kader
1 minutes read

“Turkish authorities have detained six individuals suspected of spying on Uyghurs in Turkey for China’s intelligence service”, Reuters reports. The arrested individuals have been collecting information on activists and leaders of the Uyghur community in Turkiye.

Uyghurs have close ethnic, religious, and linguistic ties to Turks. Since the Chinese occupation of the Uyghurs’ Homeland in 1949, Turkiye has become a haven for thousands of Uyghurs, and many of the early immigrants settled in Kayseri in Central Turkiye. The diaspora has spread out to Istanbul and Ankara.

Beijing has received plenty of international criticism over its maltreatment of Uyghurs.

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