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Xinjiang Arrested Close to 3,000 for Endangering State Security

Chinese authorities arrested 1,295 ethnic Uyghurs in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) region in the first 11 months of 2008 on suspicion of endangering state security. Of them, 1,154 were formally charged and faced trials or administrative punishment, reported the official The Procuratorial Daily on the December 27, 2008 conference of Xinjiang procuratorial authorities. . In 2008, the judicial authorities in Xinjiang took the maintenance of social stability as its top priority and struck hard on the three forces of terrorism, separatism and religious extremism that endanger state security" in the run up to China’s hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Source: People’s Daily, January 4, 2009