China’s persecuted Uyghurs live ‘freely’ in Turkey

Istanbul (CNN)The call to prayer at Emine Inanc mosque brings together immigrants who have found sanctuary in Istanbul’s working-class Zeytinburnu neighborhood. Uyghurs, who call their homeland “East Turkestan,” speak a dialect of Turkish and, like the Turks, are considered ethnically Turkic. Dozens of Uyghur shops and restaurants line the streets of Zeytinburnu, a small neighborhood near Istanbul’s international airport. Most shop signs are in the group’s native script and language which they say was banned in Xinjiang province. In a rundown building, children attend after-school classes to learn their mother tongue. Boys and girls crammed into small classrooms recite the Uyghur alphabet which most are learning for the first time. “We are more comfortable than we were in our home …