Police clash with Uighur supporters during Hong Kong rally

Mohd Asri bin Zainul Abidin said political and religious leaders from the Muslim world should exert more economic pressure on Beijing

The police faced off with protesters who hurled glass bottles and rocks at them.

An officer pulled out his gun and aimed at the crowd, but did not shoot. Multiple protesters were seen being detained.

But public anger remains as Beijing and Lam show no sign of giving further concessions despite the election success.

And earlier this week an global panel of experts hired to advise Hong Kong on the police response to protests announced they were quitting, saying the watchdog was not fit for goal "in a society that values freedoms and rights".

Worldwide pressure has mounted on Beijing as accounts leak of an alleged mass crackdown on Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

Around 1,000 people gathered at a crossroads within the town to listen to the message that activity in Xinjiang, China, would one time be duplicated in Hong Kong.

Many of those attending were waving the flag with a white crescent moon on a blue background.

Others wore blue masks that showed the flag of eastern Turkestan.

China runs Hong Kong under a "one country, two systems" model that grants the financial capital expanded freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.

The framework will end in 2047, 50 years after delivery.

Many at Sunday's rally said they felt a mainland-style government was around the corner.

"The Chinese government is control freaks, they can't stand any opinions they disagree with", Katherine, a protester in her late twenties and a civil servant, told AFP before police moved in.

"In Xinjiang they are doing what they are doing because they have the power to do it".

Many people in Hong Kong fear that an increasingly assertive China is already eroding those freedoms, especially since Xi Jinping became president.

The resolution states that Uighurs and other ethnic Muslim minorities are subject to arbitrary detention, torture and extensive digital surveillance.

It bristles at any criticism of its policies in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and warns against foreign criticism.

Chinese diplomats have claimed that China holds no political prisoners and insist the centres provide vocational education as a bulwark against religious extremism.

Ozil, a German Muslim of Turkish descent, tweeted that Uyghurs were "warriors who oppose the persecution" and criticized both China's strong hand in Xinjiang and the relative silence of the Muslims in response.



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