Former Kuwaiti MP Mohammed Hayef Al-Mutairi said in a speech at the International East Turkestan Symposium that the Uyghur Muslims should demand independence from China. He said that even if the Uyghurs only achieve autonomy, they should start with a demand for full independence and declare that Turkestan is an occupied, plundered country. The speech was published by the Turkey-based East Turkestan Islamic Union’s Olimalar TV on June 10, 2022. For more on Al-Mutairi, see MEMRI TV Clips nos. 5969, 5898, and 3795.
Mohammed Hayef Al-Mutairi: "Our Uyghur brothers should demand that Turkestan become independent from China. They should not say that this is a big thing to ask for. You should start big, even if you end up getting less. Even if they end up getting autonomy for Turkestan, they must not demand [just] an autonomy now. They should declare that Turkestan is an occupied, plundered country, and that our Muslim brothers there are being persecuted."