Chinese state media have slammed western media for “distorting” China’s ethnic minority policies after anti-China demonstrations broke out in Turkey over the weekend.

The living conditions of ethnic minorities in China have long been twisted by a small number of Western media, a report by the Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Allegations that the Chinese government imposed restrictions on Uyghurs during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and “demagogic speeches made by a small number of agitators” have led to recent anti-China protests in Turkey, Xinhua said.

On Saturday Turkish nationalists attacked a group of tourists from South Korea in Istanbul, mistaking them for Chinese. The incident happened at Topkapi Palace, a tourist hotspot, where activists demonstrated against China’s alleged persecution of Muslim Uyghurs. The Korean tourists were rescued by riot police.

Photo: 谷大白话 via Weibo.

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