In an exclusive interview with the AA on Wednesday, Cenk Uygur said that giant shopping malls stood in Istanbul currently where he used to ride his bike as a child.
I can not tell you how fascinating it is to see such a development in Turkey, Uygur said.
In regard to Turkey's foreign policy, Uygur said that he had no criticisms of the Turkish foreign policy.
The other men sentenced Thursday had names suggesting they belong to the country's Muslim Uygur minority.
Four among the Uygur group were also found to have joined other rioters in burning a car dealership and given sentences ranging from death to jail terms of varying lengths.
On Monday, seven men whose names suggest they are Uygur became the first to be sentenced after the riots.
Two Uygur workers were killed during the factory brawl, which was triggered by a sex assault by a Uygur worker toward a Han female worker.
We should bear in mind that stability is to the greatest interest of all people in China, including the people in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region," he said.
Today, it's famous for its craftsmen, who still handmake most of the commodities needed for everyday life; Below right: an Uygur man in the Sunday market at Hotan
Built in honour of Abakh Khoja, Kashi's Islamic leader during the 17th century, the mausoleum is a masterpiece of Uygur architecture; Above right: an Uygur reads the Koran, Yarkand.
Opposite: an Uygur girl stands against the dark passage created by overlapping rooftops in a narrow street in the old quarter of Kashi.