Dutch journalist freed in Urumqi in China

11th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch journalist working for the GPD Netherlands Press Association was held for 12 hours on Friday in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province in western China.

Amsterdam--The Chinese authorities said Remko Tanis was arrested because he was in a banned area without authorisation. He was interviewed for hours by police, but says he was treated well. He is covering the clashes between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese in the area.

Tension in Urumqi is high, following Sunday's violence in which at least 184 people were killed. Thousands of people from both the Uighur and Chinese communities are reported to be leaving the city.

On Friday, the Chinese authorities ordered mosques in Urumqi to remain closed, telling people to hold Friday prayers in their homes. At least two mosques conducted Friday prayers despite the order.

Radio Netherlands/ Expatica

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