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Mastermind behind Xinjiang violence: Rebiya Kadeer

2009-07-07 06:33 BJT

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The regional government says initial investigations show the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uyghur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer.

The World Uyghur Congress has recently been instigating unrest via the Internet and by other means calling on the rioters "to be braver" and "to do something big."
The World Uyghur Congress has recently been instigating
unrest via the Internet and by other means calling on the
rioters "to be braver" and "to do something big."

The World Uyghur Congress has recently been instigating unrest via the Internet and by other means calling on the rioters "to be braver" and "to do something big."

The Congress is led by the businesswoman Rebiya Kadeer.

Rebiya Kadeer was born in 1951 in Xinjiang. After reforming and opening-up in the late 1970s, she rented a shop to start her business. Her successes as a businesswoman earned her the local nickname "the millionaires" and became a member of the 8th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.