(uighur muslims clash vs. china) blame it on al-qaeda

is it me but whenever any muslim ethnic minority clash head on with any State, the State always seem to conveniently point the on al-qaeda…do they know how damaging this is…

the minority have every right to voice their complaint but it seems normal to just call any issue as terrorism based…

this is be it america, israel, thailand, now china…

and china has a fantastic record of supporting human rights!

this is commenting from the latest news coming out of xinjiang…


Ethnic conflict fears in Xinjiang unrest
By China correspondent Stephen McDonell and wires

Posted Tue Jul 7, 2009 6:31pm AEST
Updated Tue Jul 7, 2009 7:15pm AEST

The latest clashes continue unrest which has already seen 156 people killed and more than 1,000 injured. (AFP Image: Peter Parks)

Video: Protests continue in Honduras (The Midday Report) Video: China clashes continue (ABC News) Audio: Riots break out in Urumqi, north-western China (PM) Related Story: Tension, death toll mounts in China riots Related Story: Fresh protests erupt in Xinjiang There are fears that clashes in China’s Xinjiang region could be turning into a broader ethnic conflict between Han Chinese and local Uighurs.

Han Chinese who live in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi have now been seen attacking local Uighurs in retribution for the weekend’s killing of Han Chinese people by protesting Uighurs.

The latest clashes continue unrest which has already seen 156 people killed and more than 1,000 injured.

According to Xinhua wire service, there have been chaotic scenes at a number of places in Urumqi.

People were seen running in panic at the Urumqi South Railway Station, roadside shops have been closed and residents are carrying wood and iron clubs for self-defence.

Riot police also fired teargas to disperse rock-throwing Han and Uighur protesters.

Earlier today about 200 Uighur protesters clashed with riot police in front of visiting foreign reporters

They claim their relatives have been arbitrarily detained following deadly clashes on the weekend, when Han Chinese were beaten to death.

There have been reports that police have gone into certain suburbs rounding up mostly men of a certain age.

Meanwhile police say they have detained 15 people in relation to the original attack on Uighur workers at a southern Chinese toy factory.

Protesters took to the streets on Sunday demanding an investigation into the incident and the conflict spread from there.

According to the Xinjiang regional government more than 1,400 people have been arrested following Sunday’s violent protests.

Confirmation internet cut

Chinese authorities also confirmed they cut off internet access in parts of Xinjiang’s capital to prevent the violence from spreading, state media reports.

The top Communist Party official in Urumqi, Li Zhi, confirmed reports from web users and human rights groups, saying officials stopped internet access to reassert control.

“We cut internet connection in some areas of Urumqi in order to quench the riot quickly and prevent violence from spreading to other places,” Mr Li was quoted as saying.

He did not say when internet access would be fully restored.

Despite efforts by Chinese officials to cut off the internet and mobile phones, pictures, videos and updates from Urumqi poured into social-networking and image-sharing websites such as Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.


~ by nursheikha on July 13, 2009.

2 Responses to “(uighur muslims clash vs. china) blame it on al-qaeda”

  1. Heavily armed security forces were out in force in Urumqi yesterday close to where police shot dead two Muslim Uygurs who state media said were calling for jihad.

    Large groups of police armed with semi-automatic weapons and batons were deployed close to the scene of yesterday’s violence, where authorities said police shot and killed two Uygur lawbreakers and wounded another.

    Meanwhile, an Algeria-based al-Qaeda affiliate was calling for reprisals against Chinese workers in northern Africa, according to an intelligence report by a London-based risk analysis firm.
    It is the first time Osama bin Laden’s network has directly threatened China or its interests, it noted.

    Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said China would take all precautions to protect its overseas interests, while not commenting directly on the alleged al-Qaeda threat.


  2. More needle attacks in Urumqi

    There has been a fresh wave of needle attacks in recent days despite heavy security in Urumqi city, state media reported, adding that the number of arrests had grown to 45.

    Police in the capital of the northwestern Xinjiang region said they received reports of 77 needle attacks between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon, the China Daily said.

    Authorities had previously reported a total of 531 assaults.

    The attacks came despite the deployment of thousands of armed police throughout the city following large-scale protests last week in which demonstrators demanded government action to stop the attacks.

    The paper said police had apprehended 10 more suspects over the needle attacks, raising the total to 45. Authorities have said some attackers could be given the death penalty if convicted of spreading toxic substances.

    The attacks have caused ethnic tensions to spike once again in the city, the scene of deadly unrest on July 5 that pitted Xinjiang’s minority Uygurs against members of China’s dominant Han ethnic group.

    Nearly 200 people died in the July violence, mostly Han Chinese.
    The mainly Muslim Uygurs have long seethed at what many say has been decades of Chinese oppression and unwanted immigration of millions of ethnic Han.

    Han residents of the city have blamed Uygurs for the needle attacks. There are fears the assailants used syringes containing dangerous chemicals, viruses or other substances that could be harmful.

    Officials have so far said no evidence of such risks has been detected, although the city’s prosecutor on Saturday described one case involved drug users assaulting a police officer with a syringe containing heroin.

    Authorities have tightened restrictions on the possession of some chemicals, Xinhua news agency reported late on Tuesday.

    The head of the Urumqi branch of the Communist Party and Xinjiang’s top police official were both sacked Saturday in the wake of the needle attacks and subsequent protests.


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