Five more to die over China riots

Court sentences five more people to death over July's unrest in Xinjiang.

    The five were senteced to death following a trial in the Xinjiang capital, Urumqi [Reuters]

    The unrest broke out after ethnic Uighurs attacked Han Chinese during streets protests against an earlier attack on Uighur workers at a factory in southern China that left two dead.

    Executions

    Thursday's sentences follow the executions of nine people last month for their roles in the riots.

    The nine, who were believed to include ethnic Uighurs and at least one Han Chinese, were accused of committing murder and other crimes during the riots.

    The death sentences and executions have been condemned by Uighur activists as politically-motivated, saying they will only serve to further aggravate Uighur grievances.

    Energy-rich Xinjiang, strategically located in central Asia, has been struck in recent years by bombings, attacks and riots, which Beijing blames on Uighur separatists.

    The estimated eight million Turkic-speaking Uighurs have long complained of religious, political and cultural oppression by Chinese authorities, and tensions have simmered in Xinjiang for years.

    Many Uighurs also resent the massive influx of Han Chinese settlers who have in some areas reduced them to a minority in their own land.

    Rights groups and Uighur activists have accused Beijing of grossly exaggerating the threat from separatists to justify harsh controls.

    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.