China's President Hu Abandons G8 as Ethnic Unrest Explodes

by Benjamin Domenech on 12:04 pm July 8, 2009

URUMQI, China (Reuters) – Banks of paramilitary police fanned out in the far-flung Chinese city of Urumqi on Wednesday to try to stifle unrest days after 156 people were killed in the region’s worst ethnic violence in decades.

Han Chinese took to the streets for the second day running, and even with helicopters hovering overhead there were scuffles in at least one crowd of around 1,000 as police apparently seized ringleaders, prompting cries of “release them.”

Previous post:

Next post: