Chinese Consulate Attacked in Munich

Last Tuesday, after the riots in Xinjiang, Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Chinese consulate in Munich, burning the Chinese flag on the flag pole and causing minor damage to the building’s facade:

The incident follows violent demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy at the Hague in the Netherlands. Police there arrested 142 people for throwing stones at the building on Monday.

“China has made solemn representations to the Netherlands and ,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. “We strongly urge the Netherlands and … to take measures to ensure the safety and dignity of Chinese diplomats and institutions, to guarantee the normal work order, avoid this happening again and deal with the perpetrators.”

Munich authorities are not sure whether there is a link between the consulate attack and ethnic violence involving Uighur Muslims in China. Erkin Zunun, a spokesman for the World Uighur Congress, said he believes the two incidents are linked.

The Macau Daily Times reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to meet with Hu Jintao at the G8 summit:

“I would like to underline that we hope for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Everything needs to be done to contain the violence on the ground that has already happened,” she said.

“We support the one China principle. That is clear. But it must also be possible to guarantee the rights of minorities,” the chancellor told reporters.

In addition, Deutsche Welle reports that today over 250 people, mostly Uighurs, protested outside the German Embassy in Berlin.

See also Chinese news coverage on the July 7 attack on the Chinese embassy in the Netherlands :

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