July 6, 2010 |
With more than 50,000 closed-circuit cameras keeping an Orwellian eye on Urumqi's buses, markets and back alleys, along with thousands of paramilitary officers on patrol and a fresh infusion of economic aid, China managed to slide through the dreaded one-year anniversary of the worst ethnic violence in its recent history without incident. Urumqi, the northwestern city of 2.5 million in the Xinjiang region where 197 people were killed in riots in 2009, was quiet on Monday and "bathed in a golden sunlight," the official New China News Agency said.
November 10, 2009 |
China has executed nine people for their participation in the country's worst ethnic rioting in decades, an official news service announced Monday in a terse bulletin. Although the report did not disclose the identity of those executed or even the date the sentence was carried out, it is presumed that most of those executed were Uighurs. Once the dominant ethnic group in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, Uighurs were blamed for the July 5 riots in Urumqi in which 197 people, mostly Han Chinese, were killed and 1,600 injured.
October 21, 2009 |
Three months after deadly ethnic rioting in China's far west, dozens of men from the Uighur ethnic group remain unaccounted for after being detained in police sweeps, a human rights group said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said the 43 missing men and teenagers were among hundreds rounded up by security forces in the days and weeks after the July 5 riots in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, and their families have been unable to find out where or why they are being held. The rioting left nearly 200 people dead, as the mainly Muslim Uighurs attacked people from the Han Chinese majority.
September 4, 2009 |
More than 10,000 Han Chinese marched in the streets of Urumqi on Thursday in a new protest that belied the government's claim of having quashed ethnic unrest in the capital city of Xinjiang province. The protesters were enraged over hundreds of alleged attacks in which people were stabbed with hypodermic needles, attacks that they blamed on ethnic Uighurs. The northwestern-most region of China, Xinjiang has often witnessed violent confrontations between the Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim people concentrated there, and the Han Chinese who are perceived by the Uighur as colonizers.
July 9, 2009 |
In an escalating campaign to stamp out ethnic violence, Chinese forces Wednesday saturated the northwestern city of Urumqi, helicopters dropped leaflets urging calm, and the local Communist Party boss warned of the death penalty for rioters convicted of killings. "We're determined to maintain social stability," said Urumqi's party chief, Li Zhi, at a news conference. "To those who committed crimes with cruel means, we will execute them."
July 8, 2009 |
Chinese President Hu Jintao cut short his state visit to Italy, which included plans to participate in the Group of 8 summit, to return home today because of protests in Urumqi that raised the specter of more ethnic violence. State news media said Hu left for home to address the unrest in northwestern China's Xinjiang region and would forgo the G-8 summit this week in the Italian city of L'Aquila.