The Arsenal midfielder accused Muslims of abandoning their co-religionists in Xinjiang. Photo: Reuters

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil faces backlash in China after attacking human rights abuses in Xinjiang

  • Former Germany international urged Muslims around the world to speak up about plight of Uygurs and other minority groups in far western region, saying ‘giving consent to persecution is persecution itself’
  • English Premier League club moves to distance itself from the player, insisting it is an ‘apolitical’ organisation
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The Arsenal midfielder accused Muslims of abandoning their co-religionists in Xinjiang. Photo: Reuters
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.