» 12/29/2009, 00.00
On Christmas day, five Uyghurs sentenced to death for their role in Xinjiang’s July protest
Trials were held on 22 and 23 December but were not reported by Chinese media. Eight people got life in prison and four were sentenced to ten years and more. The authorities announce more trials. Beijing wants to pursue its crackdown on Uyghurs but keep it a secret from the world.
Xinjiang like Tibet: more money and police controls
Five more people, probably all Uyghurs, have been sentenced to death for their involvement in last July’s riots. The authorities also announce more investments in the province. Experts say the money will likely benefit ruling groups whilst ethnic Uyghurs will be further dispossessed of their natural riches.
Five more Uyghurs sentenced to death in Xinjiang
For Rebiya Kadeer, they “will face the same fate of the nine men executed in November if the world remains silent”. In the aftermath of July unrest, China continues its crackdown on the province’s indigenous population.
Xinjiang, police open fire on crowd: 27 victims
In the remote western province, hotbed of ethnic clashes between Han and Uyghurs, tension continues unabated. A group of people assault police station and officers, who open fire at point blank range to repel them.
Authorities trying to restore confidence among Han and Uyghurs, but tourism in Xinjiang plummets
Tensions are made worse by widespread mistrust towards the authorities, accused of not telling the truth. Only massive troop deployment is keeping a lid on the situation. Despite official claims that everything is going well, local hotels are empty.
Eerie Friday in Urumqi: under tight army control mosques remain almost deserted
No fresh violence has been reported but tensions remain high in the Xinjiang capital. Many mosques are closed. In others administrators tell worshippers to stay at home for prayer. Authorities announced new arrests in riot-related incidents.
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