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Dear Readers, Sorry for the inconfinience without doing too much of grammar check, because i dont have enough time to do that. my blog's goal is to transmit some cross culture of mmog between china and other country. and i believe google is geting better

Author: NieYoubing

xinjiang riot in China

Posted by NieYoubing Thursday July 9 2009 at 9:56AM
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This from Urumqi in Xinjiang where I awoke this morning to the sound of army boots pounding on the city’s main People’s Square as squads of Chinese riot police and other paramilitary performed their morning drills.
A veneer of calm hangs over the city today despite the heavy presence of police and armoured cars on the streets, however even at this early stage I think it’s safe to predict that it is going to take a long time for the wounds of Sunday’s events to heal in this ethnically divided society.
Beijing has moved swiftly not only to calm the streets but also to control the reporting environment, corralling the large international media presence in a single hotel.
They’ve done this not by force, but by the simple expediency of limiting internet access to a single location (a hotel off the People’s Square), and like animals on the plain who graduate to the last waterhole in times of drought, the world’s journalists have had little choice but to congregate here.
Long-standing China commentators have been astonished at the speed at which Beijing has moved to seize the news agenda on this event, releasing casualty figures by lunchtime on Monday when in previous situations (the Tibet riots in March last year for example) it’s taken 24 hours for official media to even acknowledge that any event took place at all.
So why the speed this time? Are we witnessing a sudden opening up of China’s information environment, a media-savvy change of heart on the part of China’s rulers who only last month were pressing for installation of Green Dam internet censorship software on every computer in China?
I think that is unlikely. The logical, if more cynical, reason is that on this one China doesn’t have a great deal to hide.
There was a presumption among the foreign media - made from afar as correspondents scrambled to get to Urumqi - that most of the 156 victims of Sunday’s riot were Uighurs. The implication being that they had been killed by security forces - another Tiananmen, if you will.
This never quite stacked up, as very few witnesses reported that the police had opened fire. In fact most reported the use of batons, electric prods and tear gas and other non-lethal methods to disperse the riot.
And why, if security forces had been responsible for the bulk of the deaths, would China be facilitating such unprecedented access to hospitals, holding press conferences (planned for later today) and allowing reporters to tour the city.
It now appears - and I base this on reports from the first government-organised tour of Urumqi’s hospitals yesterday - that most of the injured were Han Chinese with stab or head wounds inflicted during the riots.
According to those reports of 274 patients being treated in the People’s hospital 233 were Han - mostly suffering from stab and head wounds - 29 Uighur and 15 from the Hui Muslim minority.
Many details remain to be confirmed, not least whether police actions in breaking up an initially peaceful demonstration helped provoke the violence.
However if those numbers are correct - and I’ll working to firm up details in reports today - the next phase is to see how China handles that potentially highly inflammatory piece of news at such a critical moment for Uighur-Han relations.