At least 140 people were killed and more than 800 injured in China, where tensions between ethnic Uyghurs and Han Chinese turned deadly, according to state-run media. Rioters stoned police and set vehicles on fire.
The government responded swiftly to riots, reportedly locking down parts of the city of Urumqi and disabling communication tools like Twitter, but protests spread to other cities.
The ethnically Muslim Uyghurs live in the oil-rich Xinjiang region, north of Tibet. The Chinese government has imposed restrictions on the Uyghurs’ religious practice in this autonomous region and many Uyghurs resent Chinese rule and complain of discrimination.
Worldfocus.org’s weekly radio show on Tuesday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. EDT will explore the minority Uyghur population and their situation in China, examining the recent violence and prospects for the future.
Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge will host a panel of guests.
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