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Death toll in Xinjiang riot rises to 140 – China Daily

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 6, 2009

Contrast between the earlier posted BBC article on the same events and the state media China daily’s description:

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Initial investigations showed that the unrest was masterminded by the World Uyghur Congress (WUR) led by Rebiya Kadeer, regional authorities said.

“The unrest is a pre-empted, organized violent crime. It is instigated and directed from abroad, and carried out by outlaws in the country,” a government statement said early Monday.

The WUR had recently started instigating unrest via the Internet among other means, calling on the outlaws “to be braver” and “to do something big”, the authorities said.

Nur Bekri, chairman of the Xinjiang regional government, said in a televised speech Monday morning that the movement followed a dispute broke out between Xinjiang workers and local people in a toy factory in Guangdong province on June 26.

Two Uygur workers were reportedly killed during the factory brawl, which was allegedly triggered by a sexual assault by a Uygur worker toward a Han female worker.
More than 100 members of the Han and Uygur ethnic groups were injured, local media has reported.

Nur Bekri said the brawl was used by some overseas opposition forces to instigate Sunday’s unrest and undermine the ethnic unity and social stability in the autonomous region, with an aim to split the country.

via Death toll in Xinjiang riot rises to 140.

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