Turks pour outrage over Thailand’s decision to send home the Uighur migrants
July 9, Bangkok: After Thailand decided to forcibly send back nearly 100 Uighur Muslim migrants to China despite rights groups concerns they could face ill-treatment upon their return, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has stated it is not Bangkok’s fault if they encountered any problems.
The decision by the Thai government to send back the Uighur refugees to China was not taken too nicely by the Turks who feel a close bond with the Uighurs as they share the same language and similar cultures. Till date 100’s if not thousands of Uighurs have fled from the unrest in China‘s western Xinjiang region where hundreds of people have been killed in attacks, prompting a crackdown by Chinese authorities.
China‘s treatment of its Turkic language-speaking Uighur minority is a sensitive issue in Turkey and this has strained bilateral ties between the two countries, as a majority of Turks share similar sentiments.
Ever since this step was taken, there have been violent protests outside the Royal Thai Embassy in Istanbul, which has prompted the Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha points out that they may end up shutting down the Thai embassy in Turkey after protesters attacked the honorary consulate in Istanbul, smashing windows and ransacking parts of the building, over the expulsion of the Uighurs back to China.
The Oslo Times