WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty-five years ago last month, a plane carrying the leaders of the Republic of East Turkistan crashed under suspicious circumstances. When the news reached Beijing, Mao Zedong sent in the Communist military, and the occupation of East Turkistan began. In the intervening years, the Communists have razed mosques, shot political prisoners, ignored the consequences of open-air nuclear testing, attempted to destroy the Uyghur culture through "Sinicization," and spread venomous lies about the Uyghur people, including false and slanderous claims that Uyghurs are supporters of Al Qaeda. East Turkistan was an independent nation for two millennia, before Imperial, and then Communist China occupied it. Now, East Turkistan has found its voice again. On September 14, 2004, from 2 PM to 4 PM in Capitol Hill Room HC-6, Anwar Yusuf Turani, President of the East Turkistan National Freedom Center, will announce the formation of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, and take questions from the media. Then, from 5 PM to 9 PM in the Area 5 (between the north of Reflection Pool and the east of Vietnam Veterans Memorial), a rally will be held to celebrate the formation of the East Turkistan Government in Exile. This event includes live Uyghur music, songs, and dance performed by the East Turkistanis led by Sultan Mahmut, a well-known Uyghur musician and singer in East Turkistan. Note: The election of East Turkistan Government in Exile will be held on September 13, 2004, from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM in George Mason Regional Library located at 7001 Little River Turn Pike, Annandale, VA. For more information: Anwar Yusuf Turani, East Turkistan National Freedom Center: (571) 344-3886 D.J. McGuire, China e-Lobby: (540) 845-1335 The East Turkistan National Freedom Center is an organization that seeks to tell the world about East Turkistan and to raise the cause of freedom and independence. By providing information to U.S. government officials and policy-makers, developing contacts with the press to tell the story of East Turkistanis, fostering alliances with like-minded groups and individuals, and sharing the culture of East Turkistanis with all who may enjoy it, ETNFC hopes to spread the truth to Americans and others about East Turkistan and its struggle for freedom and independence. The China e-Lobby is an organization dedicated to exposing the abuses of human rights, threats to American security, and attacks on general decency committed by Communist China, and to influencing American policy to ensure these egregious acts do not go unopposed. East Turkistan National Freedom Center, Inc. http://www.etnfc.org P.O. Box 3680 Oakton, VA 22124 Tel: (571) 344-3886 Fax: (703) 591-4257 This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.
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