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Taiwan festival to screen film about exiled Uighur activist

September 7, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009 AP

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Taiwanese film festival will screen a documentary about
the life of an exiled Uighur activist accused by Beijing of inciting recent
ethnic violence in China's west, an organizer said.

"The 10 Conditions of Love" about U.S.-based World Uyghur Congress leader
Rebiya Kadeer will be shown next month at the festival in Kaohsiung city,
festival organizer Liu Hsiu-ying said late Saturday.

The screening will almost certainly be opposed by rival China, which
protested to the Australian government last month when Kadeer attended a
festival in Melbourne that screened the film.

Liu said the decision to show the documentary had nothing to do with
politics. Kaohsiung is a stronghold for the opposition Democratic
Progressive Party which supports Taiwanese independence from China.

Wang Yu-chi, a spokesman for Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou, said
authorities will not bar the screening to protect freedom of expression.

China and Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949. Since taking office last
year, Ma has sought to improve relations between the two sides and end
decades of enmity.

That aim hit a hurdle last week when the Dalai Lama visited survivors of
Typhoon Morakot in southern Taiwan. The visit triggered the ire of Beijing,
which considers the Tibetan spiritual leader a "splittest" seeking
independence from Communist China. The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in
northern India, insists he merely wants more autonomy for Tibet.

Kadeer has strongly denied Chinese accusations that she was behind the
ethnic violence in July in the western Xinjiang region that left nearly 200
people dead, according to the government. More protests occurred last week
as thousands marched to demand Communist Party bosses resign to take
responsibility for a breakdown in public security.

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