Pompeo backs Ozil over China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has thrown his support behind Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil after the player criticised China’s policies towards Uighur Muslims.

Mr Pompeo, who is America’s top diplomat, said Beijing could censor the football team’s games but could not hide human rights violations.

China’s state TV pulled Arsenal’s match against Manchester City from its schedule on Sunday after the German star posted messages on Twitter and Instagram where he hit out at Beijing.

The Global Times, China’s national English language newspaper, reported the match would not be broadcast on CCTV 5 because Ozil’s remarks had “disappointed fans and football governing authorities”.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with defence and foreign ministers in Greece on Saturday (October 5) as the US seeks to enhance defence cooperation with the Mediterranean country.
Image:US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a public sign of support for the footballer

On social media Ozil, who is a practising Muslim of Turkish descent, called Uighurs“warriors who resist persecution” and criticised Beijing’s crackdown and the silence of Muslims in response.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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