China Executes 9 Over Uighur Riots

Executed were convicted of murder during Xinjiang province unrest
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2009 1:59 PM CST
In this July 13, 2009 file photo, Paramilitary police officers patrol as Uighur men walk by in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
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(Newser) – Nine people convicted of murder and arson during July riots in China’s Xinjiang province were executed today. Chinese news services did not identify the executed, but previous statements suggest that they are Uighurs. The riots in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, left 197 people dead as Uighurs clashed with Han Chinese. Uighur activists slammed the executions as token measures to appease the Han community’s desire for revenge, the BBC reports.

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