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Old 07-07-2009, 08:55 AM
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WTF is going on in China?

Han Chinese protesters seek Muslim Uighur targets

Hundreds of protesters from China's predominant Han ethnic group, many clutching meat cleavers, metal pipes and wooden clubs, smashed shops owned by Uighurs, a Turkic largely Islamic people who share linguistic and cultural bonds with Central Asia.
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“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. People walked by with bloodshot eyes from the tear gas.
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Live feed from reporter in the Xinjiang capital, Urumqi: http://twitter.com/melissakchan

Here are some of the most recent posts:

Watch the report I just put out for al Jazeera on YouTube: http://bit.ly/Ophw9
about 8 hours ago from web

Equally bad if you're a journalist who is Han-looking in Uighur neighborhoods. We all feel kind of stuck.
about 9 hours ago from web

It is dangerous to film around Han Chinese if you have blonde hair and white skin. They get angry.
about 9 hours ago from web

The city is now under martial law.
about 9 hours ago from web

A Han Chinese man with a stick just tore open our car door to beat our producer. Averted just in time.
about 9 hours ago from web

There is no right or wrong anymore. Just vigilantes, Han and Uighur. Mostly men but some women and even children.
about 10 hours ago from web

I asked a Han Chinese girl if she was scared. Yes. But this is to defend my country she says with stick in hand.
about 10 hours ago from web

Heading to an ethnic neighborhood.
about 11 hours ago from web

A few hundred Han Chinese with sticks and knives have come down the road singing the national anthem.
about 11 hours ago from web

Locals tell up there are riots now in three or four locations in the city.
about 12 hours ago from web

Looking Han Chinese doesn't make me feel safe I must say.
about 12 hours ago from web

From the other point of view the police did manage the situation well - it could have escalated far more.
about 13 hours ago from web

The last we saw it looked as if the protesters were dispersing but armed police had guns not by their side, but in hand.
about 13 hours ago from web

For those wondering how I am twittering. Have been text messaging a Beijing friend who is posting my messages via proxy.
about 14 hours ago from web

There are rottweilers with the police. I fear if we leave bad things will happen to these people. #urumqi
about 15 hours ago from web

The government have finally reacted and they are now trying to round us up back to our buses.
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Some men have started throwing rocks.
about 15 hours ago from web

Chinese plainclothes with sticks now have shown up.
about 15 hours ago from web

Shot police are moving in the protesters are shouting, "Let them free."
about 15 hours ago from web

Uighur women with babies and children; hundreds protesting and asking for release of husbands.
about 15 hours ago from web
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Apparently this all started from a peaceful Uighur protest seeking justice for the killing of a couple (two?) of Uighurs by some Han Chinese in a factory... I think that's it, I'll double-check.
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Here's a historical perspective on the situation: Why Xinjiang spiraled out of control.
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Uighur...pronounced "Wee gar"...teheehee.
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This just might be the first time that the Muslim-side of a conflict did not start said conflict.
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This just might be the first time that the Muslim-side of a conflict did not start said conflict.
crusades 1-9?
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
This just might be the first time that the Muslim-side of a conflict did not start said conflict.




A Han Chinese man with a stick just tore open our car door to beat our producer. Averted just in time.
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crusades 1-9?
they intruded on the holy land
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
This just might be the first time that the Muslim-side of a conflict did not start said conflict.
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