Fresh protests rock China

Fresh protests rock China

Fresh protests rock China

 The fighting, which erupted on Sunday evening, left at least 156 people dead and more than 1,000 injured, according to the state news agency.

Police fired teargas on Tuesday at Han Chinese protesters armed with clubs, lead pipes, shovels and hoes, news reports said. Earlier, in an attempt to contain China’s worst ethnic violence in decades, the authorities imposed curfews, cut off cellphone and Internet services and sent armed police officers into neighbourhoods.

The official Xinhua news agency said an overnight curfew would again be imposed on Tuesday night.

Despite the authorities’ efforts to bring the situation under control, hundreds of Uighur protesters defied the police, crashing a state-run tour of the riot scene for foreign and Chinese journalists.

Wailing women

A wailing crowd of women, joined later by scores of Uighur men, marched down a wide avenue on Tuesday with raised fists and tearfully demanded that the police release Uighur men who they said had been seized from their homes after Sunday’s violence. Some women waved the identification cards of men who had been detained.

As journalists watched, the demonstrators smashed the windshield of a police car and several police officers drew their pistols before the entire crowd was encircled by officers and paramilitary troops in riot gear.

“A lot of ordinary people were taken away by the police,” a protester named Qimanguli, a 13-year-old girl clad in a white T-shirt and a black headscarf, said, crying. She said her 19-year-old brother had been detained on Monday, long after the riots had ended.