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BBC: Scores killed in China protests (Uyghur protests)

~MemoTheHun~

Germany

 


BBC NEWS Scores killed in China protests

Violence in China's restive western region of Xinjiang has left at least 156 people dead and more than 800 people injured, state media say.

Several hundred people were arrested after a protest, in the city of Urumqi on Sunday, turned violent.

Beijing says Uighurs went on the rampage but one exiled Uighur leader says police fired on students.

The protest was reportedly prompted by a deadly fight between Uighurs and Han Chinese in southern China last month.

The BBC's Chris Hogg in Shanghai says this is one of the most serious clashes between the authorities and demonstrators in China since Tiananmen Square in 1989.

'Dark day'

Eyewitnesses said the violence started on Sunday in Urumqi after a protest of a few hundred people grew to more than 1,000.

Xinhua says the protesters carried knives, bricks and batons, smashed cars and stores, and fought with security forces.

Wu Nong, news director for the Xinjiang government, said more than 260 vehicles were attacked and more than 200 shops and houses damaged.

Most of the violence is reported to have taken place in the city centre, around Renmin (People's) Square, Jiefang and Xinhua South Roads and the Bazaar.

The police presence was reported to be heavy on Monday.

Adam Grode, an American studying in Urumqi, told Associated Press: "There are soldiers everywhere, police are at all the corners. Traffic has completely stopped."

A witness in the Xinjiang city of Kashgar told AP there was a protest there on Monday of about 300 people but there were no clashes with police.

It is still unclear who died in Urumqi and why so many were killed.

The Xinjiang government blamed separatist Uighurs based abroad for orchestrating attacks on ethnic Han Chinese.

But Uighur groups insisted their protest was peaceful and had fallen victim to state violence, with police firing indiscriminately on protesters in Urumqi.

Dolkun Isa, a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) in Munich, disputed the official figures, saying the protest was 10,000 strong and that 600 people were killed.

He rejected reports on Xinhua that it had instigated the protests.

Xinhua had quoted the Xinjiang government as blaming WUC leader Rebiya Kadeer for "masterminding" the violence.

But Mr Isa said the WUC had called on Friday only for protests at Chinese embassies around the world.

 

Alim Seytoff, the vice-president of another Uighur group – the US-based Uighur American Association – condemned the "heavy-handed" actions of the security forces.

"We ask the international community to condemn China's killing of innocent Uighurs. This is a very dark day in the history of the Uighur people," he said.

When asked about the rioting, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that all governments must protect freedom of speech and "the life and safety of civilian populations".

A spokesman for UK PM Gordon Brown said Britain was urging "restraint on all sides".

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said he had raised the issue of human rights with visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao in Rome.

Internet blocks

The Uighurs in Urumqi were reportedly angry over an ethnic clash last month in the city of Shaoguan in southern Guangdong province.

A man there was said to have posted a message on a local website claiming six boys from Xinjiang had "raped two innocent girls".

 

Police said the false claim sparked a vicious brawl between Han and Uighur ethnic groups at a factory. Two Uighurs were killed and 118 people were injured.

BBC sources in China report they have been unable to open the Twitter messaging site in Shanghai and that message boards on Xinjiang on a number of websites were not taking posts.

Reports from Xinjiang suggest some internet and mobile phone services have been blocked.

Analysts say the government's so-called Great Firewall of China, which it uses to block unwanted internet material, will prevent large-scale dissemination of information but that dedicated internet users can bypass it fairly easily.

BBC China editor Shirong Chen says there has been ethnic tension in Xinjiang since before the founding of the People's Republic.

Some of its Uighur population of about eight million want to break away from China and its majority Han Chinese population.

The authorities say police are securing order across the region and anyone creating a disturbance will be detained and punished.

However, our China editor says there may be questions asked about their inability to prevent a protest they knew about days in advance.

 

 

 

Are you in Xinjiang? Did you see what happened in the region? Tell us your experiences using in the form below.

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8135203.stm

08:39 PM Jul 06 2009 |

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aiman.h.kallaf

Saudi Arabia

what can i say , that not a way to live.

09:04 PM Jul 06 2009 |

~MemoTheHun~

Germany

minorities dont have a life in China…

04:08 PM Jul 09 2009 |

javamanju

javamanju

India

minorities dont have a life in China…

In which country do minorities have good life?  

04:30 PM Jul 09 2009 |

~MemoTheHun~

Germany

well you are right Java, but as we see it is worse in China. 

04:33 PM Jul 09 2009 |

javamanju

javamanju

India

yes admitably soFrown. There is a town called Kushalnagar near the city which I live in. It is a Tibetian settlement. They  recount their days of horror.

http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/m-and-c/the_runaways/1142960280/tpod.html 

04:38 PM Jul 09 2009 |

~MemoTheHun~

Germany

Yes, I heard about the Tibetians live in India. They are more than 100 000 + Dalai Lama. I watched a documentary movie, which tells that tibetian parents send their children to the foreign countries to Nepal to get education there. It is terrible.

The same with Uyghurs and East Turkmens. 

05:03 PM Jul 09 2009 |

osesame

osesame

Egypt

all killed ppl r muslims!!!!!!

what a pitty!!

if muslim countries apply islam at the first ages, it wouldn't happen things like that every day all over the world…but we, as the prophet said, we will follow the ppl of scriptures in their behaviour, which is away of islam and close to vice, and that's our status now…........

but who understand?!!!!!!!

07:19 AM Jul 11 2009 |

davidfldz

davidfldz

China

You must have no idea about Minoritties in china!There are 55 races except Han-chinese in china but they are treated the same as the Han-chinese and even better in some aspects.I have many friends from minority.

But there are always someone evil who want to seperate xinjiang from china.So they killed ppl,burning cars,houses and so on ,in order to attract ppl's attention like u and mercy to support them ,a general trick you can see from other many other countries from media.

I suggest you not trust the media like BBc absolutely,coz they didn't tell your the entire story ,just one part by their hobby but not objective.

u can visit China,even xinjiang to see it by your own eyes

 

05:01 AM Jul 29 2009 |

ahkenhaton

ahkenhaton

Turkey

LONG LIVE TO HELL FOR CRUELS!

08:22 AM Jul 29 2009 |

yougenli

yougenli

China

You must have no idea about Minoritties in china!There are 55 races except Han-chinese in china but they are treated the same as the Han-chinese and even better in some aspects.I have many friends from minority.

But there are always someone evil who want to seperate xinjiang from china.So they killed ppl,burning cars,houses and so on ,in order to attract ppl's attention like u and mercy to support them ,a general trick you can see from other many other countries from media.

I suggest you not trust the media like BBc absolutely,coz they didn't tell your the entire story ,just one part by their hobby but not objective.

u can visit China,even xinjiang to see it by your own eyes

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yes, what david said is true. Chinese government treat Minoritties even better.But people there are not well educated,many of them hang around east cities,and steal and even to rob.Most of them are not kind enough.If you come to china ,you will know more.

08:34 AM Jul 29 2009 |