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Uighurs marking ‘independence day’ call for international help

November 12 marks the establishment of two short-lived independent Uighur states in 1933 and 1944 [Shafik Mandhai/Al Jazeera]

Washington, DC – Uighur activists in the US marked their community’s “independence day” with a protest and march in the US capital on Tuesday.

November 12 is the 74th and 85th anniversary of two short-lived Uighur republics, known as East Turkestan, which were established in territory that is now part of China.

Those present at the event organised by the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement included Rebiya Kadeer, one of the world’s most prominent Uighur exiles and the former president of the World Uyghur Congress.

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