A street scene in the Muslim district of Urumqi, Xinjiang, China on 28 Aug. 2007. Xinjiang, China's muslim wild west has been a problem for China for many years. They have had to brutally supress several uprisings over the years from the Uighur (muslim) ethnic majority who still harbour a claim for an independent Muslim state in the mineral rich region. As the Beijing 2008 Olympics approaches Beijing is still wary of the Uighurs (and Tibetans)  using it as an opportunity to stage protests and draw atention to their plight. As with the Tibetan region China has been accused of human rights violations, population control by flooding the region with Han Chinese and exploitation of the region's mineral wealth. Many Uighurs complain that they struggle to compete with the influx of Han Chinese in the job markets and cannot compete for places in schools and universities and despite the regions wealth of natural resources, most are some of the poorest in China. (image by Adam Dean)
A street scene in the Muslim district of Urumqi, Xinjiang, China on 28 Aug. 2007. Xinjiang, China's muslim wild west has been a problem for China for many years. They have had to brutally supress several uprisings over the years from the Uighur (muslim) ethnic majority who still harbour a claim for an independent Muslim state in the mineral rich region. As the Beijing 2008 Olympics approaches Beijing is still wary of the Uighurs (and Tibetans) using it as an opportunity to stage protests and draw atention to their plight. As with the Tibetan region China has been accused of human rights violations, population control by flooding the region with Han Chinese and exploitation of the region's mineral wealth. Many Uighurs complain that they struggle to compete with the influx of Han Chinese in the job markets and cannot compete for places in schools and universities and despite the regions wealth of natural resources, most are some of the poorest in China.
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