Riots in China

A series of violent riots broke out in China in the month of July. The riots began in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwestern China.
Created On: Dec 14, 2010 11:11 IST

Riots in China
A series of violent riots broke out in China in the month of July. The riots began in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur  Autonomous Region, northwestern China. It began as a protest encouraging authorities to look into a previous violent incident between Uyghurs (Turkic ethnic group) and Han (ethnic Chinese) people in June. In the June incident, two Uyghur men were reportedly beaten to death by a mob at a factory. The violence involved thousands of people and triggered an enormous security crackdown across Xinjiang.
Around 200 people were killed with more than 1200 injured and many vehicles and buildings destroyed in the clashes. The riots even prompted President Hu Jintao to return from the international G8 summit early. The Chinese central government claimed that the riots themselves were planned from abroad by the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and its leader Rebiya Kadeer. However Kadeer denied the allegations. Tensions have existed for several decades between the Han and the Uyghurs. The Uyghurs is a minority group in China.

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