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Xinjiang protests.

The Free Tibet web site has to its credit highlighted the current actions of the Chinese state in Xinjiang. What we are seeing in TV news media reports in typical Chinese state repression and brutality.

FREE TIBET: “On Sunday 5 July, demonstrations in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, were violently put down by Chinese police and armed forces, according to international media. Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, reports that more than 140 civilians were killed and 816 injured after the most serious civil unrest since the Spring 2008 protests in Tibet.
The situation in Urumqi ostensibly escalated after Uighur protestors, who were calling for investigations on an altercation between Uighur and Chinese workers in a local factory, had refused to end their protests. More than 8 million Uighur live in Xinjiang, which was incorporated into the People’s Republic of China in 1955.
Like in Spring 2008 in Tibet, Beijing’s censorship has proven effective – websites including Twitter and mobile telephone networks have been closed down. Information is difficult to source and accounts of the incident are almost entirely limited to Chinese state media sources. With unconfirmed accounts of the use of lethal force against civilians the international community must call for access for independent observers and the media.”

06/07/09: | Free Tibet.

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