Bloody Riots in China's Xinjiang


At least 156 people have been killed and more than 1080 others injured as ethnic violence erupted in Urumqi, northwestern China, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Started on Sunday night, officials said Monday the police put the death toll at 140. Among the 16 newly reported dead, some died in hospitals and others were recovered from street corners.


For decades China has been colonizing Xinjiang, a home to eight million Muslims Uighurs which is rich in oil and gas. They import many Han Chinese, who have now become the majority in the region and hold all political and economic power. Uighurs has suffered political and religious discrimination under Han Chinese rule. In spite of that, Uighur nationalists have waged a low-level campaign against Chinese rule and there continues to be infrequent outbreaks of violence.

Uighurs protesting against the arrest of relatives called for freedom of relatives. Many were women, wailing and waving the identity cards of husbands, brothers or sons they say were arbitrarily seized in sweeping arrests to Sunday's protests in the city of Urumqi.


"My husband was taken away yesterday by police. They didn't say why. They just took him away," a woman who identified herself as Maliya told Reuters. [World Bulletin News Desk]


Chinese riot police confront an Uyghur protester in Urumqi on July 7
[CNN Beijing Bureau Chief]

Source: JC-IIUM

References:
1. http://www.worldbulletin.net
2. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn
3. http://www.straitstimes.com
4. http://edition.cnn.com

note: Our Muslim brothers and sisters in Islam are oppressed, what have we done to help them? Please at least pray for them, and prepare ourselves.

Comments

2 Responses to "Bloody Riots in China's Xinjiang"
  1. ya Allah what happen to this world lately..please help our Muslim friends there..

  2. As a reminder for us all. This is not just their problems(Muslim people in Xinjiang). This is our also problem.

    As much as we care about our Palestinians brothers/sisters, that much of love and concern must also be in our hearts and minds for them in Xinjiang.

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