Monday, 6 July 2009
Chinese Riot Police, Muslims Clash in Northwestern City乌鲁木齐发生骚乱
From BBC: Three people have been killed and more than 20 injured in violence in the city of Urumqi in China’s restive Xinjiang region, state media says. Xinhua news agency said police had rushed to the city to restore order after demonstrators attacked passers-by and set fire to vehicles. Xinhua did not say how many people were involved or what their motive was. But activists and eyewitnesses said that those involved in the unrest were minority Muslim Uighurs.
From the Los Angeles Times gives more details: The official Xinhua News Agency said rioters were “attacking passersby and setting fire to vehicles,” but representatives for the Uighurs, a Muslim minority, described a peaceful demonstration that turned ugly because of government brutality. Witnesses reported that riot police arrived on the scene in armored personnel carriers, dispersing the crowd with water cannons and tear gas, and firing warning shots into the air. At least 300 people were reported to be arrested. There were unconfirmed reports of deaths and injuries. The protests today were triggered by the June 26 killing of two young Uighur men at a toy factory in Guangdong province. According to Uighur sources, the men were beaten to death by a mob, enraged by false rumors that they had sexually harassed Han women.
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