x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Two shot dead in Urumqi

Chinese police shot dead two people in renewed unrest in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said.

URUMQI // Chinese police shot dead two people in renewed unrest in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said, after at least 184 people died in riots last week. State radio said the two killed in the regional capital Urumqi were ethnic Uighurs. Police were trying to stop them attacking another Uighur when the security forces opened fire, the report said. Another Uighur was injured. Of the official death toll from the July 5 riots, 137 were Han Chinese, who form the majority of China's 1.3 billion population, and 46 were Uighur, a Muslim people native to Xinjiang and culturally tied to Central Asia and Turkey. Uighurs attacked Han Chinese in Urumqi that day after police tried to break up a protest against fatal attacks on Uighur workers at a factory in south China. Han Chinese in Urumqi launched revenge attacks later in the week. State media said earlier in the day that demonstrations against Chinese consulates in Europe and the United States showed that ethnic riots were orchestrated. Demonstrators threw eggs, Molotov cocktails and stones at several Chinese embassies and consulates, including those in Ankara, Oslo, Munich and the Netherlands, Xinhua news agency said. "Supporters of the East Turkestan separatists started well-orchestrated and sometimes violent attacks on Chinese embassies and consulates in several countries soon after the riots occurred," Xinhua said. "The attacks against China's diplomatic missions and the Urumqi riots seemed to be well-organised." While security forces blanketed the city, more and more businesses are reopening. "In general, things are slowly getting back to normal. I think the situation is getting better and under control," said one Han resident. *Reuters