Chinese ethnic group calls for intl support and boycott of Olympics



(23 Apr 2008)

1. Wide of demo in front of Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
2. Mid of demonstrators chanting “Human rights for Uighurs” banner: (German) “Stop the persecution of Uighurs”
3. Close of two women chanting: (German) “Freedom”
4. Mid of demonstrators holding poster of the President of the World Congress of Uighurs (WUC), Rebiya Kadeer
5. Mid of Rebiya Kadeer among demonstrators chanting: (German/Uighur) “Chinese out”
6. Close of placard showing Olympic Rings as rope nooses: (German) “Chinese out of East Turkestan”; tilt up demonstrator
7. Wide of demonstration in front of Brandenburg Gate
8. SOUNDBITE: (Uighur) Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Congress of Uighurs (WUC)
“In a country despising human rights and not respecting Tibetans and Uighurians the Olympic Games should not take place. At least the head of states should not participate in the opening ceremony.”
9. Mid of demonstrators waving flags
10.SOUNDBITE: (Uighur) Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Congress of Uighur (WUC)
“We demand from the European Union and the German government: address the cause of the Uighurs as well as of the Tibetans, and that both Uighur and Tibetan people are mentioned at the same time.”
11. Mid of demo
12. SOUNDBITE: (German) Ulrich Delius, Society for Threatened Peoples
“More than 700 Uighurs were executed in the last 10 years, compared to two Tibetans. No other group is suffering from human rights violations in such a way. The Uighurs want to call attention to the fact when one talks about human rights in China one has to talk about them just like about the Tibetans.”
13. Close of three demonstrators chanting: (German) “Freedom”
14. Close up of Rebiya Kadeer chanting: (German) “Stop the executions”
15. Wide of demo in front of Brandenburg Gate

STORYLINE:

Members of China’s ethnic Uighur group living in exile called on Wednesday for a boycott of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and demanded heads of state snub the opening ceremony.

On the third day of a Uighur congress in Berlin, demonstrators gathered at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate chanting, “Human rights for Uighurs” and “Stop the executions”.

One demonstrator held a sign depicting the Olympic rings as rope nooses, while others demanded freedom for their peoples.

Among the crowd was President of the World Congress of Uighurs, Rebiya Kadeer, who denounced China’s human rights record towards both Tibetans and Uighurians.

“In a country despising human rights and not respecting Tibetans and Uighurians the Olympic Games should not take place,” Kadeer said.

“The head of states should not participate in the opening ceremony,” she added.

Additionally, the group called on the European Union and Germany to support the Uighur people and their cause, and for the plight of the Uighur people to have equal standing with that of the Tibetan people.

“We demand from the European Union and the German government: address the cause of the Uighurs as well as of the Tibetans, and that both Uighur and Tibetan people are mentioned at the same time,” Kadeer said.

A spokesperson for the Society of Threatened Peoples in Germany, Ulrich Delius, told AP Television that “more than 700 Uighurs were executed in the last 10 years, compared to two Tibetans.”

“No other group is suffering from human rights violations in such a way. The Uighurs want to call attention to the fact when one talks about human rights in China, one has to talk about them just like about the Tibetans,” Delius said.

Kadeer claims the accusations were made in a bid to try to “divert attention” away from Tibet.

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