She wore fashionable glasses, had subtly applied lipstick, and looked directly into the camera. That was one of the last impressions of Hayrigul Niyaz on social media before she disappeared. She had returned from studying abroad in Turkey shortly before and had opened a travel agency in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Her stay in Turkey was apparently reason enough for the Chinese authorities to arrest her. Police officers showed up at her home and took her away. That was in 2017.
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