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.
September 5, 2009 |
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...
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 21, 2009 |
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.
July 11, 2009 |
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.