Taiwan yesterday called for the ethnic unrest in Xinjiang to be handled in a rational and peaceful manner. 'Any violent acts by anyone should be condemned, and we hope the mainland can deal with the case through peaceful and rational means,' said Jonathan Liu Teh-hsun, vice-chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council. The ruling Kuomintang called on the mainland to deal with the case properly, saying 'any unrest in any area is not what we want to see'. The pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, however, blamed the authorities for the bloodshed. The DPP also criticised the government of mainland-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou for failing to speak up over the incident and turning a blind eye to what it said was Beijing's repeated suppression of human rights. Wuerkaixi, a student leader during the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 who now lives in Taiwan, said he was disappointed over Mr Ma's failure to speak up. Saying he believed the death toll could be higher than the official number, he called on Beijing to 'respect different opinions everywhere on the mainland'.