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Prominent Uighur academic facing separatist charges

Prominent Uighur academic facing separatist charges

Updated 31 July 2014, 12:29 AEST

A prominent Uighur scholar is to be tried on separatist charges in China's troubled western province of Xinjiang.

The move against prominent economist Ilham Tohti came as the authorities attempted to contain an upsurge of violence in the region.

Over the last few days, dozens of people are reported to have been killed or injured in a series of sporadic incidents.

They include what authorities describe as a premeditated terrorist attack in the town of Huangdi which resulted in police shooting dead dozens of assailants.

Correspondent: Huey Fern Tay, China correspondent

Speakers: Teng Biao, human rights lawyer; Woeser, Tibetan writer

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