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AP: ‘Ethnic Strife’ Is Spreading In China

From those tireless defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

[AFP photo and caption:] Ethnic Uighur women grab at a riot policeman as they protest in Urumqi in China’s far west Xinjiang province.

Armed mobs spread ethnic strife in China’s west

By William Foreman, Associated Press Writer

URUMQI, China – The government imposed a curfew Tuesday night in this regional capital of western China after mobs of Han Chinese with meat cleavers and clubs roamed the streets looking for Muslim Uighurs who had earlier beaten up people in the country’s worst ethnic violence in decades.

Rioting in the Xinjiang region broke out Sunday and killed at least 156 people. Tuesday’s new violence came despite swarms of paramilitary and riot police enforcing a dragnet that state media said led to the arrest of more than 1,400 people in the often tense region…

For much of the afternoon, a mob of 1,000 mostly young Han Chinese holding cleavers and clubs and chanting "Defend the country" tore through streets trying to get to a Uighur neighborhood until they were repulsed by police firing tear gas.

Panic and anger bubbled up amid the suspicion in Urumqi. In some neighborhoods, Han Chinese — China’s majority ethnic group — armed themselves with pieces of lumber and shovels to defend themselves. People bought up bottled water out of fear, as one resident said, that "the Uighurs might poison the water." …

Sunday’s riot started as a peaceful demonstration by Uighurs over a deadly fight at a factory in eastern China between Han Chinese and Uighur workers. It then spiraled out of control, as mainly Uighur groups beat people and set fire to vehicles and shops belonging to Han Chinese.

On Tuesday, some among the Han Chinese mob retreating from the tear gas were met by Urumqi’s Communist Party leader Li Zhi, who climbed atop a police vehicle and started chanting with the crowd. Li pumped his fists, beat his chest, and urged the crowd to strike down Kadeer, the 62-year-old Uighur leader.

"Those Muslims killed so many of our people. We just can’t let that happen," said one man in the crowd, surnamed Liu. He carried a long wooden stick and said the Han Chinese were forced to take up arms…

There’s that darned ‘ethnic strife’ rearing its ugly head again.

Note that the Hans are now described a ‘meat cleavers and clubs’ wielding ‘mob’ and the (peaceful) Uighurs are generally portrayed as the victims.

At least until you get to the later paragraphs, that few will bother to read.

And, as always, rioting just ‘breaks out.’ There is never anyone who actually starts riots.

Not if they are Musselmen.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: ‘Ethnic Strife’ Is Spreading In China”

  1. Paulajay says:

    Now, let’s see — Uighur Muslims verses Chinese Communists….. I never thought there would come a day when I’d side with the COMMUNISTS. This world has gone nuts.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Pass the popcorn. This is getting good!

  3. canary says:

    Prehaps something to watch out for, as far as Iraq called Babylon in biblical days, is it’s regrowth back to great wealth. Now that things have cooled off,

    China is already meeting with Iraq to buy oil. Could this be why China doesn’t want it’s people to destroy the evil muslims??

    It’s my guess Russia, will go back in too, and trade even more arms for oil. Meanwhile, Obama has his foot absolutely cemented in Iraq.

    A Israelist scholar warned a few years ago Iran was nearly done with their nuclear bomb (thanks to Russia) and that he believed al-quaida allready had at least one, maybe 2 nuclear bomb already within the U.S.
    I can imagine a day the terrorists will come out in the world and strike. They are everywhere now, greater number than ever, and that is their ultimate religious
    belief. Everytown in the world. Kill those that don’t convert. Course America and Israel have failed the test. Unlike UK giving that extremist muslim Sharia sect their own courts. Obama personally will be safe no matter what.

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