Ethnic Tensions Spark Brawl at China Factory-Report

Wires services are reporting a clash between Han and Uighur factory workers in which left two dead and dozens injured. From Reuters:

Ethnic clashes between Han Chinese and Uighur workers at a toy factory in China’s southern Guangdong province killed two people and injured 118, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

In a massive night brawl at the “Early Light” toy factory in Guangdong’s city, a group of Han Chinese fought with Uighurs from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region who had been recently recruited to the factory, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper reported.

The violence lasted until the early hours of Friday morning and at least 16 were seriously injured, the newspaper reported.

About 400 riot police had to be deployed to quell the unrest as the rival workers battled, some with knives and metal pipes. The violence was reportedly sparked by a spate of crimes at the factory following the arrival of around 600 Uighur workers in May this year, the newspaper said.

See also reports from Xinhua and AP.
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June 27, 2009, 10:19 AM
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