'On Thursday, Thai authorities sent back the Uighurs, who had been in Thailand for over a year and claimed to be Turkish, after determining they were Chinese.
'China's official Xinhua News Agency said late Saturday that the 109 illegal immigrants had been on their way "to join jihad," and that 13 of them had fled China after being implicated in terrorist activities. Another two had escaped detention, Xinhua said, citing the Ministry of Public Security.
'The repatriations were criticized by the U.N. refugee agency and rights groups. In Turkey's capital, Istanbul, protesters ransacked the Thai consulate to denounce the decision.'