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.
August 20, 2010 |
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....
March 1, 2014 |
SHANGHAI - At least 28 people died and more than 113 were injured Saturday when a group of assailants wielding large knives stormed into a railway station in southern China and apparently attacked people at random, state-run media reported. President Xi Jinping vowed swift action to punish those responsible for the bloody attack and "suppress terrorists' rampant momentum," the official New China News Agency reported. The agency said separatists from the far western region of Xinjiang were behind the highly unusual and terrifying attack in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.
July 10, 2009 |
A Chinese official says mosques in Urumqi have been ordered to stay closed, preventing traditional Friday prayers, after ethnic violence that left at least 156 dead. Another city in Xinjiang region has suspended visits by foreigners. The official said the mosques were ordered closed for public safety and that "people should stay at home today and pray." Separately, officials in Kashgar in southwestern Xinjiang have told visiting journalists that they and other foreigners had to leave.
November 17, 2010 |
At the Sunday market in Kashgar, it isn't a wild stretch to imagine commerce as it might have been in the 13th century when Marco Polo passed through this Silk Road oasis: Smooth-faced boys wrangle with horses, sheep and camels. Mounds of melons and grapes are stacked on the bare wooden planks of mule-drawn carts. A wizened man wearing a skullcap sharpens knives on a lathe operated by foot pedals. But modernity is catching up with a vengeance, as the Chinese government yanks the nation's westernmost city, despite the misgivings of many residents, into the 21st century.
June 26, 2013 |
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.