Warning over Uighur executions

Exiled leader says death sentences over July riots will only enrage Uighur people.

    Kadeer said the death sentences passed over the July riot would not create peace and stability [AFP]

    Almost 200 people were killed in the unrest, according to Chinese state media, which said most of the dead were ethnic Han Chinese killed by Uighur rioters.

    The ethnicity of those sentenced on Monday was not reported, although all appeared to have Uighur names.

    The convictions are the first to be reported since the July 5 riots which broke out following street protests against attacks on Uighur workers at a toy factory in southern China in June that left two Uighurs dead.

    Urumqi has been under extremely heavy security since the July riots, with armed police manning road blocks and patrolling the streets.

    According to earlier reports police have detained more than 700 people suspected of crimes related to the riots, although how many will face prosecution remains unclear.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.