Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Swedish Minister for Enterprise Maud Olofsson in Gothenburg Sunday

Uighurs Call on Sweden to Protest

Uighur activists on Sunday urged the Swedish government to pressure China over its treatment of  the minority as Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits the Nordic country.

The World Uighur Congress said in a statement that Sweden should  "exercise concrete pressure on the Chinese authorities so that they  stop their brutal aggression against the Uighur people."

Violence between Muslim Uighurs and China's ethnic Han majority  exploded in the Xinjiang region's capital Urumqi last July, leaving  nearly 200 dead and 1,700 injured, according to the government. The congress claims nearly 1,000 people were killed and 3,000 arrested when the Chinese military forcefully repressed a peaceful  protest.

The Chinese vice president arrived in Sweden on Saturday and is to meet Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, among others. Earlier this month, a 62-year-old Uighur man who had been living in Sweden was sentenced by a Stockholm court to 16 months in prison for spying on expatriates from the mainly Muslim minority.

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