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China indicts 21 people in July ethnic violence

September 26, 2009

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— China issued its first indictments Friday in connection with July’s bloody rioting between minority Muslim Uighurs and majority Han Chinese, the country’s worst outbreak of ethnic violence in decades.

Twenty-one people — mostly Uighurs — face charges including murder and arson, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Most of those identified in the report were Uighurs, although two Han men were also named as murder suspects.

Nearly 200 people were killed and 1,700 injured in the ethnic violence in the city of Urumqi, capital of the far western region of Xinjiang. most of the victims were believed to be Han, millions of whom have migrated to Xinjiang since the imposition of communist rule in 1949.

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