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July 21, 2009 | Barbara Demick
China says it has accumulated evidence that the riots that swept through Urumqi on July 5, killing nearly 200 people, were part of a coordinated attack, possibly by a group with an Islamist agenda. Security officials were quoted Monday in the state-run press as saying that surveillance videos showed women in long Islamic robes and head coverings issuing orders to rioters. One woman was said to have given out clubs.
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March 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
KUNMING, China - Deng Wei, his wife and 8-month-old baby were having dinner in a little restaurant in an alleyway next to this city's main train station Saturday night when a man and a woman, both in black, came striding by, clutching large knives. “They were headed toward the station, and I decided to follow them, at a distance. They began slashing people, and when they passed the police kiosk on the corner of the square, the officers did nothing to stop them,” Deng, 26, recalled Sunday in front of the station.
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July 9, 2009 | David Pierson and Barbara Demick
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."
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March 1, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI -- At least 27 people died and more than 100 were injured Saturday when a group of knife-wielding assailants attacked a railway station in southern China, state-run media reported. Gruesome photos of the scene in Kunming from a local TV news broadcast showed several people, their clothing soaked in blood, lying on a tile floor inside the station, and more people on the ground outside. State-run CCTV news said authorities had killed the attackers. There was no immediate word on the identity of the assailants or their motives.
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July 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Police fatally shot two Uighur men and wounded a third in western China, where violence has persisted despite the massive numbers of troops sent to restore calm after ethnic rioting. It is the first time the Chinese government has acknowledged its security forces opened fire since the riots erupted in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, on July 5. At least 184 people have been reported killed and 1,680 wounded in the unrest between Uighurs and Han Chinese, the country's ethnic majority.
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September 5, 2009 | Reuters
Five people died in three days of unrest this week in Urumqi, Deputy Mayor Zhang Hong said Friday. Han Chinese massed in the city -- the capital of China's northwestern-most province, Xinjiang -- to protest what they considered authorities' inaction on hundreds of reported stabbings with hypodermic needles as well as on trials of ethnic Uighurs charged in July rioting that killed about 200, mostly Han. Police with tear gas broke up the...
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November 23, 2003 | Susan Lendroth, Special to The Times
It seemed like a great idea: Take a budget winter tour of China by flying to England and joining a British group. London would be a bonus. It was the mid-'80s. A cheerful tour representative, whom I'll call Harry, met us at London's Heathrow Airport, guided us to a hotel, then disappeared. Three days later, Harry popped up again and saw the group off to China. He handed one woman a large manila envelope for the guide in Beijing, smiled and waved goodbye.
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October 24, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Urumqi, China ? Almost invariably when visitors approach the middle-aged woman enshrined in a climatized exhibit case in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum, they pause and do a double take. What gets the most attention is her nose: high-bridged, slightly hooked, the sort of nose that reminds you of Meryl Streep. Then a little gasp. " Weiguoren!" (A foreigner!), one young woman exclaimed to her friends. They were touring the museum earlier this month on a Chinese public holiday.
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August 20, 2010 | By Lily Kuo, Los Angeles Times
A man drove an electric tricycle packed with explosives into a crowd in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang on Thursday. The blast, in a region that saw massive ethnic riots last summer, killed seven people and injured 14. Xinjiang government spokeswoman Hou Hanmin said a man was apprehended at the site of the explosion, which occurred outside the city of Aksu in the west-central part of the province, near China's border with Kyrgyzstan....
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July 11, 2009 | Barbara Demick and David Pierson
Wearing a dirty striped T-shirt, scuffed loafers and dusty cargo pants, Liu Xiuyi arrived in Urumqi last week after a 56-hour train ride that took him from the east coast to the farthest reaches of China's northwest. Like the young Americans who in the 19th century followed Horace Greeley's imperative to "Go west, young man," the 26-year-old Liu left home in search of a job, space and opportunity.
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June 26, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Twenty-seven people were killed in riots early Wednesday in northwest China, state-run media reported. The unrest in Xinjiang -- where Uighurs, a Muslim minority, have repeatedly clashed with Han Chinese settlers -- began around 6 a.m., the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing local authorities. Communist Party officials in the region told the news agency that knife-wielding mobs attacked a police station, a government building and a construction site in Lukqun township, stabbing people and setting fire to police cars.
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October 24, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Urumqi, China ? Almost invariably when visitors approach the middle-aged woman enshrined in a climatized exhibit case in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum, they pause and do a double take. What gets the most attention is her nose: high-bridged, slightly hooked, the sort of nose that reminds you of Meryl Streep. Then a little gasp. " Weiguoren!" (A foreigner!), one young woman exclaimed to her friends. They were touring the museum earlier this month on a Chinese public holiday.
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August 20, 2010 | By Lily Kuo, Los Angeles Times
A man drove an electric tricycle packed with explosives into a crowd in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang on Thursday. The blast, in a region that saw massive ethnic riots last summer, killed seven people and injured 14. Xinjiang government spokeswoman Hou Hanmin said a man was apprehended at the site of the explosion, which occurred outside the city of Aksu in the west-central part of the province, near China's border with Kyrgyzstan....
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July 6, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
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.
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September 5, 2009 | Reuters
Five people died in three days of unrest this week in Urumqi, Deputy Mayor Zhang Hong said Friday. Han Chinese massed in the city -- the capital of China's northwestern-most province, Xinjiang -- to protest what they considered authorities' inaction on hundreds of reported stabbings with hypodermic needles as well as on trials of ethnic Uighurs charged in July rioting that killed about 200, mostly Han. Police with tear gas broke up the...
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September 4, 2009 | Barbara Demick
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.
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June 26, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Twenty-seven people were killed in riots early Wednesday in northwest China, state-run media reported. The unrest in Xinjiang -- where Uighurs, a Muslim minority, have repeatedly clashed with Han Chinese settlers -- began around 6 a.m., the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing local authorities. Communist Party officials in the region told the news agency that knife-wielding mobs attacked a police station, a government building and a construction site in Lukqun township, stabbing people and setting fire to police cars.
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March 1, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI -- At least 27 people died and more than 100 were injured Saturday when a group of knife-wielding assailants attacked a railway station in southern China, state-run media reported. Gruesome photos of the scene in Kunming from a local TV news broadcast showed several people, their clothing soaked in blood, lying on a tile floor inside the station, and more people on the ground outside. State-run CCTV news said authorities had killed the attackers. There was no immediate word on the identity of the assailants or their motives.
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July 21, 2009 | Barbara Demick
China says it has accumulated evidence that the riots that swept through Urumqi on July 5, killing nearly 200 people, were part of a coordinated attack, possibly by a group with an Islamist agenda. Security officials were quoted Monday in the state-run press as saying that surveillance videos showed women in long Islamic robes and head coverings issuing orders to rioters. One woman was said to have given out clubs.
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July 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Police fatally shot two Uighur men and wounded a third in western China, where violence has persisted despite the massive numbers of troops sent to restore calm after ethnic rioting. It is the first time the Chinese government has acknowledged its security forces opened fire since the riots erupted in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, on July 5. At least 184 people have been reported killed and 1,680 wounded in the unrest between Uighurs and Han Chinese, the country's ethnic majority.
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