Uygher protests/riots in Urumqi

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Uygher protests/riots in Urumqi

Han Chinese have been staging mass protests for three days in Urumqi after reporting hundreds of incidents where they were stabbed with hypodermic syringes:

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Wilf Day

A friend of mine was in Urumqi July 30:

Welcome to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, site of somewhat of a bloodbath between ethnic Uyghur and Han Chinese merely a few weeks ago . . . Everyone in Xinjiang is relatively cut off from the rest of the world, as the internet and international phone service is shut down . . . There is check point after check point, day after day. My passport is in the hands of impassive soldiers (who flip through its pages with feigned disinterest three or four times and scribble information in a big black book) more often than it is in my own . . . "We are responsible for your safety and security" says a camouflaged soldier through a mean looking female translator, and I can't help but smirk. There is something so comical about these words, given that we’ve been surrounded by several soldiers aiming their machine guns at us for over an hour, the sheer boredom of it all being punctuated by the periodic appearance one stone-faced soldier or another, to stare at us for a while. It’s become commonplace and normal for us over the last few days . . .