Skip to comments.Deaths in China Xinjiang riot rise to 35
Posted on 06/28/2013 2:48:13 AM PDT by TexGrill
TURPAN, China : The death toll from riots in Chinas restive Xinjiang has risen to 35 from 27, state media said Friday, as authorities tightened security ahead of the fourth anniversary of clashes that left hundreds dead. Wednesdays clashes in the western desert region, which is home to 10 million mostly Uighur Muslims, were the worst violence to hit the resource-rich province since the bloodshed of July 5, 2009.
Some in the community have blamed the unrest on economic inequality and religious repression claims that China rejects, pointing to regional investment and placing the blame instead on terrorists.
The Xinhua state news agency described the riot in Turpan citys Lukqun township as a terrorist incident in which knife-wielding mobs attacked police stations and set fire to cars before officers opened fire.
The clashes left 35 dead including 11 rioters, the report said, while a further 21 police and civilians were injured and four rioters detained.
The US-based Radio Free Asia reported a higher death toll of 46, also including 11 rioters, citing officials and residents.
The World Uyghur Congress, a group run by Uighurs in exile, said in a statement that the incident was evidence of Chinas failed policies towards Uighurs.
It added that an information blackout and security crackdown in the area raised questions about the state medias version of events.
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Bad guys vs. bad guys. who’d have thunk it? Oh, yeah, Syria, Egypt, Libya.
Invade? The Uyghurs are the indigenous population being ethnically cleansed by Han Chinese. Xinjang is occupied East Turkestan!