Man Sentenced to Death After Fatal Factory Brawl in South China

Xiao Jianhua, the man charged with instigating the toy factory brawl in Shaoguan, Guangdong that led to the July 5 Xinjiang riots, has been sentenced to death. Ben Blanchard of Reuters reports:

A court in southern China has handed out a death sentence to a man involved in a brawl in July blamed for being the trigger to deadly riots in the restive far western region of Xinjiang.

State media said the fight erupted between a group of Han Chinese and ethnic Uighur workers from Xinjiang at a factory in Shaoguan, Guangdong province, after a rumour spread that some Uighurs had raped two women.

The courts in Shaoguan also gave another man life imprisonment, and nine others got sentences ranging from five to eight years in jail, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Picture above are others who were sentenced for their involvement in the fight. More details, from Xinhua:

[F]ellow worker Xu Qiqi was given a life jail term after they were convicted of manslaughter.

The same court also sentenced three of Xiao’s accomplices to prison terms from seven to eight years on charges of assault.


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