Monday, July 6, 2009
Up to 140 people have been killed and more than 800 injured during violent ethnic riots in China’s western Xinjiang region.
Thousands of people, mostly Muslim Uighurs, took to the streets of the region’s capital, Urumqi, where some rioters smashed vehicles and set them alight.
Others overturned barricades, attacked bystanders and clashed with police, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
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The riots followed peaceful protests from Uighurs who were demanding an investigation into a ethnic fight at a southern Chinese factory last month, Xinhua said.
Two Uighur employees were killed during the clash with Han Chinese workers.
Xinhua reported that 140 people had been killed in the unrest, with the death toll still climbing.
This article was posted: Monday, July 6, 2009 at 4:01 am