- Title: File footage of Xinjiang camps amid Chinese backlash against Arsenal's Ozil
- Date: 17th December 2019
- Summary: DABANCHENG, XINJIANG UIGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION, CHINA (FILE - SEPTEMBER 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TRAINING CENTRE AND WATCH TOWER, AS SEEN FROM A MOVING VEHICLE KASHGAR, XINJIANG UIGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION, CHINA (FILE - JANUARY 4, 2019) (REUTERS) RESIDENTS WALKING INTO CANTEEN IN QUEUE RESIDENTS ENTERING CANTEEN RESIDENTS BEING SERVED FOOD IN CANTEEN BEDS RESIDENTS' DORMITORY ROOMA ENTRANCE TO KASHGAR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TRAINING CENTRE, AS SEEN FROM MOVING VEHICLE/ MAN WALKING SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS ON FENCE IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE KASHGAR, XINJIANG UIGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION, CHINA (FILE - JANUARY 4, 2019) (REUTERS) RESIDENTS OF KASHGAR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TRAINING CENTRE IN CHINESE CLASS AND CHANTING (Mandarin): "HOW VAST OUR GREAT MOTHERLAND IS. PEOPLE ON THE EAST COAST FALL ASLEEP, WHILST LIGHTS JUST BEGIN TO SHINE IN THE CENTRAL PLAIN."
- Embargoed: 31st December 2019 08:09
- Keywords: Arsenal China Mesut Ozil Uighur Xinjiang camps fans human rights soccer
- Location: DABANCHENG, KASHGAR, HOTAN COUNTY, XINJIANG UIGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION, BEIJING, CHINA
- City: DABANCHENG, KASHGAR, HOTAN COUNTY, XINJIANG UIGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION, BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Government/Politics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAD4D3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Comments made by Arsenal's Mesut Ozil criticising China's policies towards its Muslim Uighur minority have resulted in backlash--both from the government and soccer fans--across China.
Arsenal distanced itself from Ozil's comments, saying that they were entirely his personal opinion. China's state broadcaster CCTV later removed Arsenal's Premier League game against Manchester City from its Sunday (December 15) broadcast schedule.
China's Foreign Ministry chimed in on Monday (December 16) when spokesman Geng Shuang said Ozil "had been completely deceived by fake news and false statements".
The United Nations and human rights groups estimate that between 1 million and 2 million people, mostly ethnic Uighur Muslims, have been detained in harsh conditions in Xinjiang as part of what Beijing calls an anti-terrorism campaign.
China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Uighurs.
(Production: Joseph Campbell)
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