Ethnic Han and Uighurs grow further apart

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AlJazeeraEnglish
July 18, 2009

As the Chinese government tries to control the situation in Xinjiang following riots there, critics say Beijing’s policies are partly to blame for the outbreak of ethnic violence.

Fighting between Han and Uighur factory workers in the industrial south is said to have sparked the Xinjiang riots. Now the two groups are becoming increasingly separate, as Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan reports from Shaoguan in Guangdong province.

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Is The World Ignoring A Massacre of Uighurs In China? by Andy Worthington

Report From Urumqi: Thousands of Chinese Troops Enter City Torn by Ethnic Clashes

Is The World Ignoring A Massacre of Uighurs In China? by Andy Worthington

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by Andy Worthington
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14 July 2009

I have just received disturbing information from several Uighur correspondents in the United States, regarding the “riots” that began just nine days ago in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China.

When the unrest began, the world’s media suddenly discovered the story of the Uighurs, who describe their situation as akin to that of the Tibetans, but without the popular support. Once known as East Turkestan, the Uighurs’ long-contested homeland was conquered by the People’s Liberation Army in 1949, and anyone even remotely familiar with recent Uighur history will be aware that, in the 1960s, Mao Zedong encouraged Han Chinese to settle in the area in large numbers, and that the Uighurs — some of whom came to the attention of the West when 22 refugees were sold to US forces and imprisoned in Guantánamo — maintain that, as a result, they are marginalized and persecuted in their own country.

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Report From Urumqi: Thousands of Chinese Troops Enter City Torn by Ethnic Clashes

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Democracy Now!
July 9, 2009

Report From Urumqi: Thousands of Chinese Troops Enter City Torn by Ethnic Clashes

Thousands of Chinese troops have flooded into the regional capital of the country’s western-most Xinjiang province following bloody clashes between the city’s Han Chinese and Uighur populations. Four days after the violence that left at least 150 dead and over a thousand injured, reports indicate an unsteady calm has returned to the city of Urumqi. We go to Urumqi to speak with Al Jazeera English correspondent Melissa Chan.[includes rush transcript]

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July 09, 2009

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Martial law in Xinjiang as ethnic tensions flare – 09 July 09

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Uighur unrest continues in Xinjiang + China Urumqi protests

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AlJazeeraEnglish
July 07, 2009

Violence broke out in up to four neighbourhoods in the western Chinese city of Urumqi on Tuesday, according to witnesses.

A group of armed Han Chinese people were seen marching towards an ethnic minority Uighur neighbourhood. Uighurs and security forces were also out on the streets.

Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan reports on the third day of unrest in Xinjiang province, where authorities say 156 people have died so far.

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Uyghur Protests Widen as Xinjiang Unrest Flares

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Democracy Now!
July 7, 2009

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Uyghur Protests Widen as Xinjiang Unrest Flares

New protests have erupted in China’s western Xinjiang region, two days after at least 156 people were killed and over 1,000 wounded in the country’s worst ethnic violence in decades. On Tuesday, some 200 ethnic Uyghurs–mostly women–took to the streets to protest over the mass arrest of more than 1,400 people following Sunday’s clashes. Later, hundreds of ethnic Han Chinese marched through the streets of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. The two sides blame each other for the outbreak of violence.[includes rush transcript]

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Nury Turkel, a Uyghur American Attorney. He is the co-founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project and Past President of the Uyghur American Association.

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