Urumqi protests 2009



Word of the Week: Yax Lizard

The Word of the Week comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online...

Unrest In Xinjiang Incites Military Crackdown

The BBC reports that following days of unrest in the Xinjiang region that included an attack on a police station in Hotan on Friday, Chinese officials have increased operations by enacting a twenty-four hour patrol of the...

Catching A Whiff Of Jasmine In Kashgar

TWO fire engines stood parked by the road leading past Kashgar's main mosque. They were clearly not deployed to fight any fires. Atop one sat a helmeted officer behind a shield. The nozzle of the vehicle's water hose pointed to...

In Restive Chinese Area, Cameras Keep Watchful Eye

From the New York Times: Roughly a year ago, Urumqi’s ethnic Han and Uighur populations took part in the worst ethnic rioting in modern Chinese history, killing at least 197 people... Now at least 47,000 cameras scan Urumqi to...

Xinjiang’s Bleached Bones and Turquoise Tombs

Paul Mozur, a Taiwan-based correspondent, traveled through Xinjiang shortly after the July riots and filed a three-part report for Asia Sentinel. Read also Parts One and Two. From Part Three: Throughout our conversation Iparhan...

China Sentences 6 More to Death for Xinjiang Riot

Fourteen more individuals are being tried over the riots in July in Urumqi, after six were sentenced to death last week. From AFP: "The trials started at around 10:00 am today and they're still not over. Fourteen defendants are...

China Sentences 3 to Prison over Syringe Attacks

From AP: A court in western China's Xinjiang region sentenced three people to up to 15 years in prison Saturday for a series of mysterious syringe attacks that led to mass protests against the local government. The protests by...

China Official Regrets ‘Beating’

The Straits Times reports on the beating of three Hong Kong reporters in Xinjiang during recent protests: The three journalists were tackled and detained by paramilitary police while trying to escape tear gas fired to disperse...

Was Needle Panic in China a Fake Frenzy?

The Toronto Star looks at whether recent reports of organized syringe attacks in Xinjiang, which subsequently sparked protests, are truth or rumor: Demonstrations by frightened Chinese erupted in the Xinjiang capital last week...

China Xinjiang Chief Survives Political Firestorm

Despite calls for him to resign following protests over random syringe attacks on residents, Xinjiang's powerful Party secretary Wang Lequan remains in office, AP reports: Angry protesters poured into the streets of the regional...



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