Taiwan party defends film about Uighur activist
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan's pro-independence opposition on Friday defended the island's right to screen a documentary about an exiled Uighur activist accused by Beijing of inciting recent ethnic violence in China's west.
The municipal government of Kaohsiung - Taiwan's second largest city - plans to screen "The 10 Conditions of Love" about U.S.-based World Uyghur Congress leader Rebiya Kadeer at a film festival next month.
Beijing protested to the Australian government last month when Kadeer attended a festival in Melbourne that screened the film. 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.
The Democratic Progressive Party made the call after hotel owners in Kaohsiung claimed that Chinese tourists have deliberately avoided their city when touring Taiwan, apparently because of the city's plan.